Paul Bissex got his first computer gig at the age of 14, when he was hired as a trainer for summer computer workshops at the Goddard College Teacher's Center in Vermont. Later, while getting his BA in Languages and Literature from Bard College, he found time to do programming in C, Prolog, Fortran, Modula-2, and Forth.
In 1991 he entered the publishing industry, working variously as a designer and editor on projects ranging from business cards to books, from local newsweeklies to national magazines.
In 1997 he co-founded a computer training business and acted as its Director of Education. A thousand New England professionals learned web design, print design, database management, and office application skills in the classes that he designed and taught.
As a technology journalist and commentator, Paul has written for publications such as Wired, Salon.com, and the Chicago Tribune. Paul is co-author of Python Web Development with Django, a popular book on the leading Python web framework.
From 2005 to 2010, Paul was Director of Software Development at Hallmark Institute of Photography, building both internal web applications and public websites. During that time he also taught web design and marketing skills to approximately 1000 budding professional photographers.
As a freelance web developer and consultant, Paul has worked on projects from content management systems to e-commerce sites. He also has provided code-review services for Django-powered startups.
Paul now works as a software developer for Cox Media Group, building web infrastructure that is used by 100+ television/radio/newspaper properties and which prepares the way for the company's new media ventures.
He lives in Greenfield, MA with his wife Kathleen and their twin boys.
Photo by Jim Ordecki, lighting assistance by Gregory Heisler