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Andy Lester
Works at Follett School Solutions
Attended Durango High School, Durango, CO
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The lack of bass only highlights how important Geddy is in the solo.  Alex's solo is really an Alex/Geddy solo.
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You're so right, but that's probably why their best friends and the band has excelled all these years.  They all complete each other. :-)
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My latest article for +SmartBear 
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"They can't ask about your marital status. That's an illegal question."  No, it's not.  Stupid, and puts the employer at risk for a lawsuit, but the mere asking is not illegal.
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My latest blog post on how you're doing your resume wrong.
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+Michael Stemle Seems to me that given the short amount of time that people are reading the top of your resume, a bullet list is going to be more easily scannable than a paragraph.

+Rommel Badua Yes, there are companies that use automated resume scanners to search for keywords.  That's why I suggest having a section on your resume explicitly labeled "Keywords".  Put any synonyms in there.  For example, if I know Oracle, I must know SQL, but it's possible that I write a resume that mentions Oracle but doesn't have the string "SQL" show up in it.  See how I have a "keywords" section at the bottom of http://andylester.org.
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Things you never want to hear in IT.
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As a network manager in addition to a system admin, I understand both sides of that part of your story. To be fair, if they know their job, the chances of it being a network problem are low ... but not zero.

When there's a weird problem, I tell people that it's not likely to be the network, but I never assume it CAN'T be the network. I will also spend a fair amount of time looking at the network to see if I'm right or wrong.
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I really liked this article "How to be a great developer". https://the-pastry-box-project.net/ed-finkler/2014-january-6

Some favorites:

"Make the community around you better. You don’t need to go to some Magic City of Tech Genius to do important work.”

"Your choices of technology and technique matter, but only so far as they serve what you make with them. As a musician, I ran into tons of people who had great gear and loved to argue about equipment, but barely ever finished a song.”

"Never assume you know why a decision was made unless you were in the room when it was made.”

"Always keep two groups in mind: the users and the rest of your team. They are the ones affected by the decisions you make.”

"Reserve your loyalty for people. Not brands. Not companies. Not technologies."
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My task here at work today: Document current state of everything so I know what to do when I come back in ten days.
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My latest article, this one on effectively using regexes.   Spoiler alert: Sometimes the best way is to not use regexes at all.
 
The Developer’s RegEx Survival Guide: 15 Rules for Making Sense of Regular Expressions

Regular expressions are a powerful, expressive and compact way to solve many programming problems involving text. But people frequently misuse regexes, or do not know the common pitfalls. In this article, +Andy Lester gives pointers to help newcomers learn how best to use these tools. These rules should help save you from the heartache of debugging #regularexpressions .

http://blog.smartbear.com/development/the-developers-regex-survival-guide-15-rules-for-making-sense-of-regular-expressions/
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Nice read, good recommendations. bracing.
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My latest article for +SmartBear "How to Turn Your Pile of Code Into an Open Source Project."
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ack 2.08 has been released. Mostly bug fixes, plus the important new --cathy flag to go with --bar and --thpppt

http://beyondgrep.com/install/

Also, you can follow ack and other tools that go beyond grep for working with source code on Twitter at http://twitter.com/beyondgrep
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S'ok. It's a thee line fix. I'd modified 2.04 to have it, and I just modified my version of 2.08.
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Occupation
Programmer, author
Skills
Perl, PHP, SQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL, Solr, Nagios, Cacti, vim, ack, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X
Employment
  • Follett School Solutions
    Senior programmer, manager of software development, 1991 - present
  • SDC Associates d/b/a Just Pants
    Programmer, 1986 - 1991
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Gender
Male
Relationship
Single
Other names
Andrew Lester
Story
Introduction
I want people to love their jobs.  I do this by working on programming tools and talking about job hunting and career advice.
Bragging rights
Created ack and wrote "Land the Tech Job You Love"
Education
  • Durango High School, Durango, CO
  • Eldorado High School, Albuquerque, NM
  • Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO