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We know Jeff and Joel use Stack Overflow (obviously), but what other "famous" developers or at least working on popular projects, or important blogs do you know of that are using Stack Overflow?

Define famous: Book authors, popular project leaders/developers (think VCS, an IDE, a database engine, etc., stuff we ask about here at Stack Overflow). I mean famous as in "has done something important for the rest of us".

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Yes it does. If Charles Manson ever takes up programming, he will instantly be a "famous developer". –  MusiGenesis Dec 11 '08 at 16:38
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Now you've gone and made Angelina and the kids cry. Shame on you! –  MusiGenesis Dec 11 '08 at 16:39
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@dacracot, you should at least have heard of Jon Skeet! –  Robert S. Dec 11 '08 at 19:16
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What i love about checking out the profiles of these people is to read the answers they give to their own specialization. –  Ólafur Waage Jan 6 '09 at 0:33

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Chief Mono Monkey and father of Gnome

That Microsoft guy who writes about Africa (among other things) - ;)

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w00t i have more rep than both of them, does that make me cool? –  Ólafur Waage Jan 6 '09 at 0:28
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I'm sure they have better things to do –  Jimmy Jan 6 '09 at 17:14
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About Africa, amongst other things. That's hilarious. –  Scott Hanselman Oct 21 '09 at 8:39

How about Eric Lippert one of the principal developers on the C# compiler team

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Surprised this one was six answers down the page. –  Justin Morgan Mar 16 '11 at 14:22
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He is one of the developers of the compiler, but I'm sure he would be surprised to find out that he was one of the people who created the language. –  Gabe Mar 22 '11 at 3:08
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He's so cool he can talk about himself in third person (on his profile) (no disrespect intended) –  keyser May 16 '12 at 12:51

Alan Kay is in the house!

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Define "in the house" ;) - he's answered one question, which was about himself ... ;) –  Thomas Hansen Jan 6 '09 at 0:45
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he's asked one now which i predict might be quite popular :) –  Colin Pickard Jan 11 '09 at 13:33
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>2000 reputation with 1 question and 1 answer. Wow. –  Stu Thompson Sep 18 '09 at 17:31
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The answer about himself being: I don't remember. Congratulations! –  mouviciel Nov 4 '09 at 9:44

This just in: Chris Okasaki, author of "Purely Functional Data Structures"

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D. Richard Hipp the maker of SQLite and Fossil to name a few of his open source and public domain projects

One of the un-sung heroes in my books

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The page seems to have disappeared. His name is D. Richard Hipp, not Dr. He may also be a doctor but the D. is an initial. –  delete Nov 4 '09 at 8:44
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Ceki Gülcü, founder of log4j, slf4j, Logback projects. Very much active on SO.

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Larry O'Brien was the editor of three very good and now defunct magazines: "Software Development", "Computer Language", and "AI Expert".

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Kevin Bourrillion, of Google Collections fame (nowerdays Guava), is a pretty active user.

Ok, not as famous in the Java world as, say, Josh Bloch (who is an infrequent user), but quite well-known as he leads what definitely is a popular project.

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Terence Parr: http://stackoverflow.com/users/275496/terence-parr

From Wikipedia:

Terence John Parr (b. Los Angeles, August 17, 1964) is a professor of computer science at the University of San Francisco. He is best known for his ANTLR parser generator and contributions to parsing theory. He also developed the StringTemplate engine for Java and other programming languages.

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From the Apple / Objective-C / Cocoa community, there are several well-known individuals...

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Eelco Hillenius and Igor Vaynberg are about as famous as it gets in the Wicket community.

EDIT:
Martijn Dashorst is now here too!

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"has done something important for the rest of us"

[I don't know how many *was-Palm-programmmer*s are around here.]

The other day I was glad to see Ben Combee here, and also Tim Norman. Ben Combee gave back a lot to the Palm community. Tim gave an excellent product :)

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Stack Overflow exists because Jon Skeet allows it.

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Although new readers could be forgiven for thinking that being in love with JS was a condition of membership... –  ChrisA Jan 12 '09 at 13:45
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Members aren't in love with Jon Skeet. Members are in love with up-voting Jon Skeet. You get $1 every time you do. It's auto-tracked. –  Kieveli Jan 12 '09 at 14:02
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jon skeet fanboyism makes me sick, even if its a joke started earlier. –  Richard J. Terrell Mar 17 '09 at 21:10
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i laugh at you being sick –  Eric Mar 18 '09 at 0:26
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is jone skeet Neil Patrick Harrison of C#? –  CodeToGlory Aug 12 '09 at 21:40
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@CodeToGlory - Who is Jone Skeet and who is Neil Patrick Harrison? Get your names right, dude. –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Oct 13 '09 at 15:44
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He's in the top .01% for rep. –  CoffeeRain Apr 5 '12 at 14:27
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I thought Stack Overflow exists because Chuck Norris allows it. –  Diego Pino Oct 5 '12 at 14:32

Just stumbled upon an answer by Cory Foy.

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Is he famous? In what context? –  Pëkka Jan 13 '11 at 15:40

Herb Sutter joined Stack Overflow in March 2010.

Herb Sutter is a prominent C++ expert. He is also a book author and a columnist for Dr. Dobb's Journal. He joined Microsoft in 2002 as a platform evangelist for Visual C++ .NET, rising to lead software architect for C++/CLI. Sutter served as secretary and convener of the ISO C++ standards committee for over 10 years. (from Wikipedia)

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Reto Meier, author of a couple of well known books on Android.

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Stefan Küng - the lead developer of TortoiseSVN.

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Jon Skeet, for his book C# in Depth. He is a very active SO user.

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It was a joke and bad answer at the time, but in the year since I think it's worth taking seriously. –  Joel Coehoorn Jun 30 '10 at 21:23

Rudy Velthuis of TeamB fame is on SO too. Besides being very knowledgeable, he is also a really nice person.

--jeroen

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