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November 15th, 2021 5 min read

Kent on stage raising his hand with the Remix logo behind him
Kent on stage raising his hand with the Remix logo behind him
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Have you read my personal mission statement? It's on my homepage:

Helping people make the world a better place through quality software.

I expound on this a bit on my transparency page:

My mission is to make the world a better place with quality software. I do this best by teaching others how to create quality software and hope they use what they learn to make their corner of the world a better place.

Hundreds of thousands of software engineers like yourself have learned something about quality software from my content, both paid and free. I've heard of job promotions and successful applications built and improved as a direct result of what people have learned from me.

Knowing that each of these people are working toward a better future in their corner of the world and that I helped them do that is what gets me up in the morning and excited to get working. I've always been teaching my peers. Even before I went full-time educator nearly 3 years ago, I was creating courses and delivering workshops in addition to my full-time employment.

And I'm going to keep working on that.

In the first half of 2020, my friends Ryan Florence and Michael Jackson decided to pivot their business and work on a project they'd been dreaming of for the last 6 years. It's basically React Router fully realized: A complete JavaScript framework. They called it Remix and Ryan gave me early demos. Here's my first tweet about it:

I was definitely excited about the opportunities Remix offered, even long before it reached any degree of stability and when it looked wildly different from the way it does today. I've tweeted about Remix a lot since then.

And my enthusiasm for Remix really took off when I actually started using it.

I've never felt so excited about building for the web. Remix has changed the way I think about building websites for good (read more in Why I Love Remix). It's the best way to build websites that I know. Combine this with my personal mission, and you know what I started to realize the best way to accomplish my mission:

I have to teach people how to build websites with Remix.

Before Remix, I never taught a specific framework. EpicReact.dev focuses on React and doesn't really recommend any framework (it uses create-react-app to simplify project setup). But now that I have Remix, I feel like teaching anything else would be a less valuable use of my time.

So my plan quickly became: Ramp up EpicRemix.dev as quickly as possible.

In all of this, I've been talking with Ryan and Michael. I've been providing a lot of feedback as I hit bumps in the developer preview of Remix and I shared my plans with Ryan. We started talking about how I can have a more hands-on role in the future of learning Remix.

When I teach React, I'm this entity that lives outside of reactjs.org and therefore I have to establish myself as a credible source of React knowledge. This becomes especially difficult to do when my recommendations sometimes differ from the React docs. And as an outside source, I don't get to apply what I've learned about teaching developers React to most people's critical first exposure to React (the React docs) either. It's a big challenge that I've enjoyed to be clear, but it would be really nice to have more control over the way React is taught to absolute beginners as well as the built-in credibility of teaching on the official website.

This is what Ryan and Michael offered me, and you're reading this blog post because last week, I accepted their offer.

I am now a Co-Founder and Director of Developer Experience at Remix!

I will be in charge of everything that happens from the moment someone decides they want to learn something about Remix. I get to work from within the Remix house! Party time 🥳

My personal mission remains the same:

Helping people make the world a better place through quality software.

I'll be able to accomplish this mission better by teaching Remix from within the Remix team. And I'm so excited about that.

Now, I've gotta get to work. There's a TON to do! Keep up with what I'm working on by signing up for the Remix Newsletter.

FAQ

What about EpicReact.dev and TestingJavaScript.com? Don't worry, you won't lose access to the content you've already purchased. That will still be offered (and technical support will continue) as promised. I fully expect those sites to serve and help you and new people for years into the future. I do not plan to work on updating them in the near-term (though you can find my work in progress material updates by looking at the next branch and issue titled "Changelog" of most of the EpicReact GitHub Repos).

Kent C. Dodds
Written by Kent C. Dodds

Kent C. Dodds is a JavaScript software engineer and teacher. He's Co-Founder and Director of Developer Experience at Remix! 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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