Andy Lester

Information & Communications Technology

Perl SQL Linux Programming

McHenry, Illinois, United States

Andy Lester

Creator of ack, author of "Land the Tech Job You Love"

Andy Lester has been developing software professionally for over 30 years. He's released many open source projects including ack, a grep-like search tool for programmers, and WWW::Mechanize, a web browser in an object for automated testing.

Andy's experiences managing and hiring programmers are the basis of his job-hunting guide "Land The Tech Job You Love" He writes about software development and careers at and tweets at

Current sessions

12 skills every rookie programmer should have, but often don't

12 skills every rookie programmer should have, but often don't

Students coming out of college, or the newly popular coding bootcamps, are eager to get working in the business world of programming. Unfortunately, many college programs and bootcamps are leaving students ill-prepared for life in the working world of computer professionals.

In this talk, I'll present a dozen areas of knowledge that every programmer should know, but may not have learned, or learned with enough depth. We'll cover techncial skills like SQL and regular expressions, soft skills like working effectively with other coders, and everything in between.

If you're looking to make the leap into the world of programming, or to make your first big move to the next job, you'll learn where you should beef up your skills to make sure you can hit the ground running.

Past and future events

CodeMash 2019

7 Jan 2019 - 11 Jan 2019
Sandusky, Ohio, United States