Simon St.Laurent


Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. B.A., History 1992.

Experience Summary:

Simon St.Laurent has been developing hypertext applications since 1989 and with the World Wide Web since 1994. For the last three years, he has written and technical edited a wide variety of books on XML, Internet, and general computing topics, as well as applied his technical skills to Internet and intranet projects for clients ranging from small design firms to Fortune 500 companies.

1992-present Author/Technical Editor/Developer

Write and provide technical review of computer books for IDG Books and McGraw-Hill publishing companies. Write stories covering XML development issues for and Maintain Windows NT and AppleTalk network and create small-office network solutions. Previously developed Microsoft Access-based database system for course management and student permissions for distance learning program and developed HyperCard stacks for hypertext creation.

1997-8: Web Developer/Network Administrator/Technical Writer
Systems Integration and Support Services
Greensboro, NC

Developed Web solutions, databases, and networks. Tested and documented multi-million dollar Internet Service Provider creation and implementation. Designed and implemented secure web-based document management system. Converted the Lucent Basic Ordering Agreement with NATO from a series of spreadsheets to a relational database, created an intranet solution for attendee registration at a trade show, and developed scripting enhancements to web interfaces.

1996-7: Web Developer/Network Administrator
TANGENT Design/Communications
Westport, CT

Architected and developed Web sites using HTML, JavaScript, CGI, plug-ins, and Netscape, Microsoft, IBM, and Lotus Domino HTTP server technologies. Administered Windows NT and Lotus Notes servers. Developed databases for intranet site prototypes. Implemented remote access solutions using PPTP and Lotus Notes. Maintained partner relationships with Lotus and IBM.

1996: Multimedia/Internet Developer
Faulkner and Gray
New York, NY

Helped develop The Electronic Accountant, a multimedia CD-ROM for accountants. Edited audio, designed graphics, and programmed features and search engines. Adapted trade publications for use on intranets. Created HTML templates and tools for automated conversion of print documents to electronic formats.

1994-1996: National Accounts Coordinator
MIS:Press/Henry Holt and Company
New York, NY

Developed large Access relational databases to manage book information, sales history, and account trends for medium-size publishing house. Provided information to national computer book buyers and company sales representatives, attended conferences, and sold to select New York accounts.


Markup Languages:


Programming Languages:

JavaScript, some Java, VBScript, Perl, SQL


Microsoft Access, Visio Professional 5.0, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop

Operating Systems:

Windows NT, Windows 95, Macintosh, Linux

Web servers:

Jigsaw 2.0, Internet Information Server 4.0, Netscape Enterprise Server 3.0, Apache 1.3, Lotus Domino 4.5


Dynamic HTML: A Primer - MIS:Press, August 1997.

XML: A Primer - MIS:Press, January 1998. (Second edition September 1999.)

Cookies - McGraw-Hill, January 1998.

Sharing Bandwidth - IDG Books, November 1998

Building XML Applications (with Ethan Cerami) - McGraw-Hill, May 1999

Inside XML DTDs: Scientific and Technical (with Robert Biggar) - McGraw-Hill, June 1999

XML Elements of Style - McGraw-Hill, January 2000

Teach Yourself Active Server Pages (with Sandra E. Eddy and Scott Kallmeyer) - IDG Books, May 2000

XHTML: Moving Toward XML (with B.K. DeLong) - IDG Books, upcoming

Technical edits include XML for Dummies (Second Edition),HTML in Plain English (First and Second Editions), XML in Plain English, Microsoft FrontPage 97: HTML and Beyond, World Wide Web Bible (Second Edition), Introduction to Web Scripting with CGI/Perl, Creating Great Web Graphics, and Teach Yourself Windows 95 (Third and Fourth Editions).


November 1997
Washington, DC
Full day tutorial on Dynamic HTML

May 1998
Raleigh, NC
Barnes & Noble
One hour tutorial on XML for book signing

June 1998
Burlington, MA
SoftPro Books
One hour tutorial on XML for book signing

March 1999
San Jose, CA
XTech Conference (Graphic Communications Association)
Full day tutorial on Building XML Applications

April 1999
New York, NY
New York Object Developer's Group
2 hour presentation - Java, XML, and a New World of Open Components

May 1999
San Francisco, CA
JavaOne Conference
BOF (1 hour) - XML Development Architectures for Java Technology

August 1999
Montreal, PQ Canada
XML Developer Days
45 minute presentation on XML Processing Description Language (XPDL)

October 1999
Richmond, VA
Half-day XML presention with Phil Costa of Giga Information Group

Novermber 1999
Washington, DC
Software Development East
90 minute XLink presentation

March 2000
San Jose, CA
XTech 2000 Three-hour XML Scripting Tutorial and Common XML presentation.

March 2000
San Jose, CA
Software Development West
90 minute XLink presentation, 90 minute XML Schema presentation, XLink panel discussion.