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.


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!


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bitbucket, Django, Emacs, FreeBSD, Git, jQuery, LaunchBar, Markdown, Mercurial, OS X, Python, Review Board, S3, SQLite, Sublime Text, Ubuntu Linux

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8 posts tagged "writing"

The Riak key-value database: I like it
Friday, February 24th, 2017
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Quora questions I've seen enough of
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
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The iPhone keyboard doesn't suck
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
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Book news: Rough Cuts and Amazon
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
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A little something I've been working on
Monday, January 14th, 2008
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The Django Book
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
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Quotation punctuation evolution
Saturday, October 7th, 2006