SoftwareGR Presents Andy Lester: 12 Skills Every Rookie Programmer Should Have

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1034 Wealthy St SE · Grand Rapids, MI

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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 technical 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.


About Andy Lester

Andy Lester has been developing software professionally for over
30 years. He's released many open source projects on GitHub ( and
Perl's CPAN (, including
ack (, a grep-like search tool for programmers. 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