Paul Bissex

Software Engineer of Business-Critical Web Applications

Portrait of Paul in a blue blazer, white shirt, pink tie Paul Bissex got his first computer gig at the age of 14, teaching computer workshops at Goddard College. Programming especially caught his interest, and he went on from there to learn a half-dozen programming languages in high school and college.

After a career in graphic design that included work for Disney Publishing and others, he became a technology journalist and columnist, writing for publications such as Wired,, and the Chicago Tribune.

From 2005 to 2010, he drew on both his creative and technical skills as Director of Software Development at the nationally known Hallmark Institute of Photography, building both internal web applications and public websites.

From 2011 to 2016 he worked as a software developer for Cox Media Group, building web infrastructure used by 80+ television/radio/newspaper properties serving 40 million pages per day.

In 2016 he contributed to Lionbridge OnDemand as Senior Developer, expanding the translation service site's API and web interface.

He enjoys public speaking, and has given talks at NERD Summit, the Boston Django Meetup, the UMass Amherst CS department among other venues.

He is co-author of Python Web Development with Django, a popular book on the leading Python web framework.

He lives in Greenfield, MA with his wife Kathleen and their twin boys.

Photo by Jim Ordecki, lighting assistance by Gregory Heisler

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