Adrian is a journalist and web developer in Chicago. He has made a bunch of contributions to the web, both through ideas and code. Adrian is the co-creator and co-Benevolent Dictator for Life of the open-source Django Web framework, which has helped tens of thousands of people build database-driven websites. He cowrote the Django Book.
His 2005 project, chicagocrime.org, was one of the original, pre-API Google Maps mashups. The site played a small part in influencing Google to open its map API.
Having worked as a web developer at news sites such as washingtonpost.com, Adrian is probably the best-known industry advocate of “journalism via computer programming,” where journalists make web apps to supplement (or even replace!) traditional storytelling.