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Is there anywhere where the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) of Stack Overflow has been discussed? From the planning phase to implementation to deployment?

Whats and Whys:

  • Language
  • Database system
  • Server
  • Other API's and Tools

Stack Overflow is a well planned site and I believe it would help programmers a lot to read an article about it.

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+1 would like to see this too. – Moak Aug 17 '09 at 14:41
What is SDLC? – jjnguy Aug 17 '09 at 16:05
Software design life cycle? – jjnguy Aug 17 '09 at 16:07
development? – jjnguy Aug 17 '09 at 16:08
Still, no one will tel me what SDLC stands for? Sure I could google it...but doesn't someone want me to upvote their comment? – jjnguy Aug 20 '09 at 13:10
SDLC - Software Development Life Cycle – TheTXI Aug 20 '09 at 13:39
Thanks Pony Boy!! – jjnguy Aug 20 '09 at 16:20
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The blog was already mentioned. Here's a post with some technical details and further links: What Was Stack Overflow Built Width?

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Build width? Sure it's pretty wide but I think you made a spelling mistake. One that is too amusing for me to correct ;) – Mołot Nov 27 '13 at 12:25

Jeff keeps a blog about the construction of the site and him and Joel have a weekly podcast where they discuss designing the site, among other things.

There is also another site,, which is for meta discussion about this site. This question should have been asked there.

A moderator will be by shortly to move it.

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sheesh, way to go, party pooper :P – Moak Aug 17 '09 at 14:46
Party Pooper? :( If/When the question gets moved to Meta, you can have your party there. The answer was a direct response to the question though: is there anywhere this is discussed? Answer: Yes. – AgentConundrum Aug 17 '09 at 14:51
Arguably, Meta is the place for parties. – Eric Aug 17 '09 at 15:35
...parties with F-bombs, ponies, and cat pinatas. – gnostradamus Aug 17 '09 at 15:41
and mmm-bacon. Shog9 and TheTXI would agree. – Troggy Aug 17 '09 at 15:59

Database: I think MS SQL
Server: Windows Server
Other API's and Tools: ???

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That's the tech stack, not the actual life cycle and process flow for development ... – John Rudy Aug 17 '09 at 16:05

While this is a talk about SO by Joel Spolsky it might be of some interest in relation to SF too, as he talks a lot about planning, implementation and deployment or the site.

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