Andy Lester

Manager, lead software engineer, speaker, writer

Palatine, IL



Land The Tech Job You Love (Pragmatic Bookshelf, June 2009): Author, 280 pages, ISBN: 978-1-93435-626
My book on how to find a job and get hired once you know what sort of job you're really looking for.


Small Sharp Software Tools (Pragmatic Bookshelf, May 2019): Technical review

SQL Antipatterns (Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2011): Technical review

Mac OS X Tiger In A Nutshell (O'Reilly, 2005): Updates on entire book. Co-author credit.

Perl Best Practices (O'Reilly, 2005): Technical reviewer
"I would like to express my deepest gratitude... [t]o Andy Lester, for inspiring with his deep understanding of, and passion for, the best coding practices." -- p. xxi

Pro Perl Debugging (Apress, 2005): Technical review and co-author/writing mentor

Pro Perl (Apress, 2005): Technical review

Mac OS X Panther In A Nutshell (O'Reilly, 2004): Updates to Unix command chapter

Code Complete, 2nd Edition (Microsoft Press, 2004): Technical review

Spidering Hacks (O'Reilly, 2003): Author of three articles

  • Hack #21: WWW::Mechanize 101
  • Hack #36: Downloading Images From Webshots
  • Hack #44: Archiving Yahoo! Groups Messages With WWW::Yahoo::Groups

Google Hacks (O'Reilly, 2003): Technical editor
"And to Andy Lester, our technical editor, goes much appreciation for his thorough nitpicking." -- p. xiii

Perl, CGI & JavaScript Complete, 2nd ed. (Sybex, 2003): Updated Perl sections for Perl 5.8

XML Primer Plus (Sams, 2002): Technical review

Teach Yourself Unix System Administration in 24 Hours (Sams, 2002): research, development & first draft for chapter 22, "Awk & Perl", plus technical review

Perl quick reference chart (Barcharts Inc., 2001): Technical review, and major rewrite

Unix Power Tools, 3rd ed. (O'Reilly, 2001): Technical reviewer for 10 chapters