Simon St. Laurent is a Content Manager at LinkedIn Learning, focusing primarily on front-end web 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 simonstl.com.
Areas of Expertise:
“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, JasonArmstrong.com
“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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“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, www.BuildingWebApps.com
“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, RailsEnvy.com