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That's an interesting story. Did you have experience writing firmwares and drivers in C before joining that startup? Did they ask you about it or it came on the spot? I am quite curious.

I had never written C before that, not on the job. Not much hobby-wise, just maybe tweaking shitty open source code to fix syntax errors or whatever. Never submitted a patch.

First time I had to write a makefile too. Ouch.

It had memory leaks, but nothing I couldn't have fixed given more time. It was userland, libusb, hadn't had time to get it anywhere near ready for a kernel driver.

I don't even know that I've ever properly learned any programming language... I get syntax Alzheimer's quite a bit. Other than novelty languages, how can you not look at code and not have some idea of what's going on though?

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