Simon St. Laurent

Simon St. Laurent is Senior Editor at O'Reilly Media, Inc., focusing primarily on JavaScript and web-related projects. He is co-chair of the Fluent conference. 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



Playing with processes in Elixir

January 31, 2017

Elixir’s key organizational concept, the process, is an independent component built from functions that sends and receives messages.

Stop the DRM virus

May 3, 2016

The original lament that consumers would destroy the industries that brought them culture has been replaced by the desire most industries have to control their customers.

Shrinking growth, growing maintenance

April 21, 2016

As the core group of people needed to create and maintain a technology shrinks, will polarization occur in a job market accustomed to stratification? Simon St. Laurent explores a future where programming will become like plumbing.

The Web at OSCON

April 6, 2016

From front end to server side to performance and more, web developers will find plenty to explore at OSCON in Austin, Texas.


November 10, 2015

Will content-blocking change the Web?

CSS fundamentally transforms

August 30, 2015

Enabling the creation of maintainable sites and apps that look great across a variety of different devices and contexts.

Web by default

December 1, 2014

You're using the Web even when you don't think you are.