Kent C. Dodds


wife, 4 kids, & a dog

PayPal, Inc.

Zero to 60

in software development

How to jumpstart your career

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if you are able ❤️ ♿️

What this talk is

  • My personal experiences
  • Things I messed up
  • Things I got right
  • Hopefully inspirational!

What this talk is not

  • A bullet-proof method for a "get rich quick scheme"
  • How to climb the corporate ladder
  • Your mileage may vary...


Brief History






Consume Curated Content

link to these slides:

Learn from others

  • Water-cooler chats
  • Instant Messaging (Discord/Slack/Gitter/etc.)
  • Stack Overflow
  • Co-working spaces
  • Meetups
  • Conferences

Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.

- George Evans


to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.

-Stephen R. Covey


Filtered List

Why is "x" so...

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

-Grace Hopper

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

-Thomas A. Edison

Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. 

- Coco Chanel


Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.


Teaching is nature's way of letting you know how sloppy your understanding is.

-Ashley G. Williams

Intro to AngularJS

How I got into Egghead

While persistence offers no guarantees, it does give 'luck' a chance to operate.

- Tom Shippey


No cool quotes... Just

  • Open Source
  • Blog
  • Screencast
  • Record your talks
  • Answer StackOverflow
  • Help people on Discord/Slack
  • Help in issues on a repo

Don't be afraid to try

You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

- Wayne Gretzky

Smart    Hard Worker

Hard Worker    Nice



- John Jesse


Thank you!

Zero to 60 in software development

By Kent C. Dodds

Zero to 60 in software development

Our industry has a problem. We have a "talent shortage," so we're loading the industry with new developers from various bootcamps, but companies aren't willing to hire them. So these new developers are left to themselves to try and find ways to develop the skills they need to be "marketable." I graduated from college in April 2014, just shy of two years ago. In that time, I've been able to learn a ton, build a bunch of stuff, teach workshops, create egghead screencasts, speak at conferences, and generally contribute quite a bit to the JavaScript community. In this talk, I'll cover some solid principles of things that I’ve learned in my experience. This will help new-comers to jumpstart their career. And help old-timers know how they can help new-comers.

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