Jonathan Lipps

Jon sauce

Jonathan Lipps

Sauce Labs


Jonathan went to college intending to become a computer scientist and somehow ended up with two degrees in philosophy instead. Nonetheless, after graduating, he found himself putting logic to use in code, since it turned out that was more profitable than pontificating on various subjects.

Since then he’s worked as a freelance developer, started several companies (, Comendi), and got a second masters in linguistics. A year ago he joined Sauce Labs as a Senior Developer, where he has the opportunity to contribute to open source projects like Appium, Wd.js, Sausage, and PHPUnit.

Jonathan enjoys living in this intersection of philosophy, technology, culture, and the day-to-day work of a developer. There’s a lot here to chew on for developers, particularly in the philosophy of technology, and Jonathan is trying to start conversations about what technology means, as we’re all together figuring out what we can do with it.

Open Source Bridge 2013

Proposals for this user

* Handcrafted Code? The Programmer in the Age of the Artisan

Culture is diverging in serious and interesting ways. Mass-production is at an all-time high, but a parallel development praises traditional, pre-technological production practices. We lust after devices too shiny to have been made by human hands, and use them to snap photos of organic coffee we insist be roasted less than a mile away. What is the future for programmers in this age? Are we to be replaced eventually by automation, or will there always be a place for "handcrafted code"?
Culture 2013-03-09 23:42:44 +0000
Jonathan Lipps

Open Source Bridge 2012

Proposals for this user

* Handcrafted Code: The Device Paradigm and Implications for Developers

The Technological Age has seen the reshaping of the physical and social realities of our world like no other. Since the dawn of the Enlightenment, modern technology (before it even existed) has been heralded as our salvation from a variety of evils (disease, starvation, burdensome labor, boredom, etc...). The philosophy of technology seeks to understand this trend and the relation of technology to science, culture, and nature.
Culture 2012-03-30 00:43:20 +0000
Jonathan Lipps