Simon St. Laurent

Simon St. Laurent

  • @simonstl
  • + Simon St. Laurent

Ithaca, New York

Areas of Expertise:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • documentation

Simon St. Laurent was Senior Editor at O'Reilly Media, Inc., focusing primarily on JavaScript and web-related projects. He has been co-chair of the Fluent conference and of OSCON. He's authored or co-authored books including Introducing Elixir, Introducing Erlang, Learning Rails 3, XML Pocket Reference, 3rd, XML: A Primer, and Cookies.

You can find more of his writing on technology, Quakerism, and the Town of Dryden at

Learning Rails 5 Learning Rails 5
by Edd Dumbill, Eric J. Gruber, Simon St. Laurent, Mark Locklear
August 2016
Print: $44.99
Ebook: $38.99

Introducing Elixir Introducing Elixir
by J. David Eisenberg, Simon St. Laurent
September 2014
Print: $24.99
Ebook: $19.99

The Web Platform The Web Platform
by Simon St. Laurent
March 2014
Ebook: $0.00

Introducing Erlang Introducing Erlang
by Simon St. Laurent
January 2013
Print: $19.99
Ebook: $16.99

Learning Rails 3 Learning Rails 3
by Simon St. Laurent, Edd Dumbill, Eric J. Gruber
July 2012
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $29.99

Learning Rails: Live Edition Learning Rails: Live Edition
by Edd Dumbill, Simon St. Laurent
July 2010

Learning Rails Learning Rails
by Simon St. Laurent, Edd Dumbill
November 2008

XML Pocket Reference XML Pocket Reference
by Simon St. Laurent, Michael Fitzgerald
Third Edition August 2005
Print: $9.95
Ebook: $7.99

Office 2003 XML Office 2003 XML
by Evan Lenz, Mary McRae, Simon St. Laurent
May 2004
Print: $44.99

Programming Web Services with XML-RPC Programming Web Services with XML-RPC
by Simon St. Laurent, Joe Johnston, Edd Dumbill
June 2001
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Fluent Online Conference: Beyond JavaScript and HTML5
December 12, 2013
In this free online conference, attendees will get a practical sneak peek at some of the topics we'll be covering at Fluent.

Fluent Online Conference: Fluent 2013 Preview
April 04, 2013
In this free online conference, attendees will get a practical sneak peek at some of the most important topics we'll be covering at Fluent. If you're a developer, engineer, or are invested in the future of the Web in any way, It's your chance to see ...

"For a beginner to Rails this is a good asset."
--Srinivasan Margabandhu

"Overall, I recommend this book to the type of reader described above. As the authors state in their preface, you will not be a Rails guru after reading it; but you be a lot closer towards it than you were before this book was read."
--Jason Armstrong,

"The exercises and review questions in each chapter are interesting, instructive, and thought-provoking."
--Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing, Vol. 17 No. 4/5, July/October 2012

"Learning Rails 3 is an excellent guide for Ruby on Rails newcomers. And those already working with Rails can learn from it, too."
--Si Dunn, Sagecreek Productions

"So overall this book did absolutely give me that quick introduction to what Rails is all about. "
--Mike Smith, The UK's Unix and Open Systems User Group (UKUUG)

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--David Fisher, What is Noise Blog

"Most Ruby on Rails books take a software developer's approach, making them difficult to follow for web designers and developers without a lot of programming background. Learning Rails takes a different approach, starting with building web pages and gradually introducing the full software model. It's gentle, but not dumbed-down. In our screencast course, we've found this to be a highly effective way for people to learn Rails. Even if you're not a software developer by training, this book will open up the power of Rails for you."
--Michael Slater,

"Learning a new web framework (and language) can be difficult, but Simon and Edd take it one step at a time and explain everything you need to know to get started with Rails."
--Gregg Pollack,