Simon St. Laurent

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

Posts by Simon St. Laurent

Boat lift in Germany

Stop the DRM virus

The original lament that consumers would destroy the industries that brought them culture has been replaced by the desire most industries have to control their customers.

Piping engineering

Shrinking growth, growing maintenance

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.

Meteor orbits traced over centuries.

The Web at OSCON

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