Podcast #128: We chat with Kent C Dodds about why he loves React and discuss what life was like in the dark days before Git. Listen now.


Software development isn't my primary interest in life, but it's my primary occupation and something I am pretty good at.

I try to be a polymath: I like to think (even though I know I'm not actually that great) that I know less about most things than an expert in that topic, but that I understand just about everything more than the average person.

I am a very strange person, so my favorite programming languages are C and Bourne shell. I also find assembly enjoyable, and often find myself wishing that C was more of "abstract, portable assembly" than it is. But I know my way around a bunch of other programming languages, just as you'd expect from a remotely decent programmer.

In a perfect world I'd also write a C-like programming language one day which provided good syntactical support for late-time linking, self-modification, etc (where the compiler would do its best to optimize for the target machine's instruction caching behavior, etc). I think this could be especially powerful for kernel-level optimizations (e.g. a kernel could dynamically generate just the pieces of its file handling code relevant for the usecase a process has in that moment, chopping out the unneeded logic - I'm sure smarter people than me with more kernel development experience could think of more, better examples), but presently, such code has to be written in architecture-specific assembly, which keeps it from being viable.

I put my code that I think is useful for others onto my personal GitHub repository, even when it's something really tiny and simple. I also try my best to avoid the tendency a lot of people have of saying "I'll put my code up when it's cleaned up", which in my experience is a great way to end up never getting around to putting your code up for others, so I err on the side of open sourcing kludge-y/bad code first, regardless of when I get around to cleaning it up.

I am also the kind of person who, after writing this, thinks: "I really should put this text on GitHub so I have one version controlled place for it where I can link people to."

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