E-Scribe : a programmer’s blog

About Me

PBX I'm Paul Bissex. I build web applications using open source software, especially Django. Started my career doing graphic design for newspapers and magazines in the '90s. Then wrote tech commentary and reviews for Wired, Salon, Chicago Tribune, and others you never heard of. Then I built operations software at a photography school. Then I helped big media serve 40 million pages a day. Then I worked on a translation services API doing millions of dollars of business. Now I'm building the core platform of a global startup accelerator. Feel free to email me.

Book

I co-wrote "Python Web Development with Django". It was the first book to cover the long-awaited Django 1.0. Published by Addison-Wesley and still in print!

Colophon

Built using Django, served with gunicorn and nginx. The database is SQLite. Hosted on a FreeBSD VPS at Johncompanies.com. Comment-spam protection by Akismet.

Elsewhere

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Stuff I Use

Bitbucket, Debian Linux, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, macOS, Markdown, Mercurial, Python, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, xmonad

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At least 236559 pieces of comment spam killed since 2008, mostly via Akismet.

54 posts tagged "web development"

Neo4J and Graph Databases
Saturday, September 16th, 2017
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A different kind of URL shortener
Sunday, August 29th, 2010
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robots.txt via Django, in one line
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
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Django LogEntry to the rescue
Friday, February 13th, 2009
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Making your way from PHP to Python and Django
Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
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How not to advocate via Google Code
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
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From PHP to Python
Thursday, March 13th, 2008
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World's ugliest Django app
Monday, January 21st, 2008
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darcs on pair.com
Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
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Django Unicodification
Friday, July 13th, 2007
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Django.June
Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
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An embarrassment of RichIAs
Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
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Color names in JSON format
Sunday, May 6th, 2007
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My first DOS
Thursday, April 19th, 2007
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In-place import using Subversion
Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
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The future of HTML is now
Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Liking jQuery
Thursday, March 1st, 2007
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Meta-roundup of Javascript libraries
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
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Good web hosting
Thursday, January 11th, 2007
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Advice on sequencing items in web interfaces?
Friday, January 5th, 2007
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dpaste.com update
Friday, December 29th, 2006
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STFU
Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
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The Django Book
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
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Notes on my new Django setup
Sunday, October 29th, 2006
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If all else fails, force it
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
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Handling legacy URLs with Django
Friday, September 29th, 2006
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Think twice before you let those domains lapse
Monday, September 25th, 2006
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SourceForge needs help
Wednesday, September 13th, 2006
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Root, sweet root
Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
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Trying to send eBay a message?
Friday, May 26th, 2006
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Web developer evolution
Sunday, May 21st, 2006
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Framework de-flummoxing
Friday, May 19th, 2006
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Django as superego
Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
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Offsite, online backup: rsync.net
Thursday, May 11th, 2006
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Dabble DB
Monday, April 24th, 2006
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Random crufty open source release of the day
Saturday, April 15th, 2006
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Moving the blog to Django
Monday, April 10th, 2006
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PHP and view/controller separation
Saturday, March 4th, 2006
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The little things one learns
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
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Baby steps with Ajax
Monday, February 27th, 2006
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JavaScript and the thickening client
Sunday, February 26th, 2006
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The Million Beta Homepage
Monday, February 6th, 2006
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Web Inspector, a DOM inspector for WebKit
Friday, January 20th, 2006
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How to say you're sorry
Saturday, December 31st, 2005
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A minimal wiki in Django
Monday, December 12th, 2005
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Windows Live Local
Thursday, December 8th, 2005
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Let's argue about scalability some more
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

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Rails/Django lovefest in Chicago
Monday, December 5th, 2005
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Tantek on CSS hacks
Monday, November 28th, 2005
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Brainbenched
Monday, November 28th, 2005
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WebKit screen-grabbers
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
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Taxonomy of Bubble 2.0
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
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The MySpace worm
Thursday, October 13th, 2005
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The Onion moves to Drupal
Sunday, September 4th, 2005
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