2022 in Review

December 29th, 2022 5 min read

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I'd like to review my year, share some things that happened, both professionally and personally, and share some things I'm looking forward to in 2023.

The accident

2022 started off with a bang... literally.

Kent standing by a wrecked Tesla model 3 in a junkyard. It's completely crushed.

I've written about this at length in the My Car Accident post. That had a big impact on my life. I'm lucky and grateful to be alive.

Remix

At the tail-end of 2021, I joined Remix as the director of developer experience. I covered a bunch of what I did in that role in the blog post where I announced my departure: A review of my time at Remix.

I loved working at Remix. They're a great crew and I'm thrilled they got bought by Shopify. I've never been more bullish about Remix and its place in the web development ecosystem.

Epic Web

I left Remix to start working full-time on something I've been planning for years. In fact, I wrote about it in my 2010s decade in review post. I want to have one place that has all the knowledge I've accumulated about web development. This is what EpicWeb.dev will be. You can learn more about that project in my post I'm building EpicWeb.dev.

Since starting work on that, I've spent a ton of time live streaming (like, measured in the hundreds of hours). I'm currently building the application that will be the subject of most of the workshops, tutorials, and articles for EpicWeb.dev. Starting in the new year I'll be getting designs and implementing those designs, then I can start turning those into workshops. Lots of fun stuff ahead!

Conferences

I've had a talks page for a while, but this year I decided to create a map to map out all the conferences I've been to and where I'm going. Last year, I attended and spoke at 11 conferences all over the world:

  1. React Miami
  2. Reactathon
  3. RenderATL
  4. ReactNext
  5. NodeTLV
  6. Infobip Shift
  7. React India
  8. infoShare
  9. ThunderPlains Conf
  10. All Things Open
  11. Modern FrontEnds Live!

It was quite a lot of travel, but I'm grateful for the opportunity to speak at so many conferences. It's an honor to be invited to speak in front of thousands of developers every year and I'm excited about the conferences I'll be speaking at next year as well. Here are the conferences I'm scheduled to speak at in 2023 so far:

  1. AgentConf
  2. City of London JS Conf
  3. React Miami
  4. JSDay Canarias
  5. Front Conference

I have a soft invite from several other conferences that are currently being planned out. I'm planning on delivering workshops at many of these as well and I'm hopeful that these workshops will be based on the content I'm developing for EpicWeb.dev. Let's hope I can finish that quickly! I need to deliver these workshops multiple times before I can record it for use on EpicWeb.dev, so the sooner I get them ready for these conferences, the better!

Also, whether I'm selected to speak or not, I'm definitely attending Remix Conf 2023. Last year was awesome (and I'm not just saying that because I organized it 😉).

If you're interested in having me speak at your conference, please reach out to me.

I love seeing and talking with so many people at these conferences. I'm regularly inspired by the people I meet and talk with. If you and I have met, just know that I really appreciate the time. And if we haven't yet, I'd love to have the opportunity.

My site

I decided to migrate my site from Postgres and Redis to SQLite. I did that because I'm bullish on distributed SQLite through LiteFS. You can read more about this in my blog post I Migrated from a Postgres Cluster to Distributed SQLite with LiteFS. Unfortunately, I changed a LOT of things all at once in this migration and there's one thing that's still causing a memory leak on my application. I'm going to be looking into that soon, and once that's fixed then I can finally go multi-region with my site again.

LiteFS is technically still not production ready, but... This is me:

I'm planning on using it for the app we build for EpicWeb.dev. I'm hopeful it'll be production ready by the time I ship that 😅 That's why I bothered going through the pain of migrating my own site to something that's not battle-tested yet. How do you suppose these kinds of things get battle tested in the first place anyway!? 😅

The Future

In 2023, I'm hoping to ship the first batch of content for EpicWeb.dev. The first half of 2023 will involve a lot of workshops. But we'll see how quickly I can get the app finished. If you want to join me on my journey, subscribe to my YouTube and join my discord. And make sure that you sign up for the mailing list on EpicWeb.dev so you can be notified when it's ready. I'll be sending along a bunch of articles and tutorials along the way as well.

I couldn't be more excited about what the future has to offer. Stay tuned!

Kent C. Dodds
Written by Kent C. Dodds

Kent C. Dodds is a JavaScript software engineer and teacher. Kent's taught hundreds of thousands of people how to make the world a better place with quality software development tools and practices. He lives with his wife and four kids in Utah.

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