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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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I think a #define of 'famous' would probably be required here ;)

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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

We're all famous, aren't we? :)

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I'd like to think so! –  Frank V Dec 11 '08 at 17:41
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"My Mom says I'm cool." --Milhouse (The Simpsons) –  cletus Dec 17 '08 at 2:19
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at least in our own minds. –  JohnFx Dec 21 '09 at 15:55

There are only two users here (besides Jeff and Joel) that I have heard of before (=famous?). Those are Kent Beck of Extreme Programming fame, and Bill Karwin (a lead developer on the Zend Framework library).

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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

jay bazuzi is famous cause he blogs about pizza

Exhibit A

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For the Delphi community: Nick Hodges is quite famous.

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He's still great for Delphi –  Argalatyr Dec 13 '08 at 2:59
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My first name is Nick, and my girlfriends sisters last name is Hodges. COINCIDENCE? YOU DECIDE! –  GManNickG Oct 13 '09 at 18:00

I am a famous programmer, just not yet. Maybe another ten years.

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yea keep dreaming "karl".. ive seen your code –  theman_on_vista Mar 17 '09 at 15:14

John Resig (Mr. jQuery)

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+1 finally,ONE postwhere I can't say 'not enough jquery' –  Manishearth Apr 5 '12 at 6:12

Jan Goyvaerts is the webmaster of regular-expressions.info: a true Regex Master.

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Andreas Hausladen writes a lot of useful fixes for the Delphi IDE, we call him "The Delphi God", when he posts some new fix on his blog we just say "The Delphi God strikes again!".

Seriously now, for me and my coworkers he is the guy we admire the most, because he contributes a lot to make our work easier and less stressful (as he fixes a lot of stuff before, and some times better than even codegear).

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Randal Schwartz was a high-profile Perl god at one point and has written quite a few books on the subject (eat your heart out Jon Skeet). I don't know to what extent he's still involved in Perl development, but he's turned up now as a Smalltalk/Seaside consultant.

Martin Von Lowis is quite a major contributor in Python Circles (at least I'd heard of him).

I think we've invented a new game - Stackoverflow Celebrity Watch.

Ewww. Now I feel like a stalker :-p

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Although Stonehenge, the company Randal and I run, mostly does Perl consulting, we now do Smalltalk consulting too. We haven't abandoned Perl and we just updated our Learning Perl book this summer. –  brian d foy Dec 11 '08 at 19:15
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Obie posted a single question and leave. I think forever. Probably I think he would have liked SO to be written RoR –  OscarRyz Dec 17 '08 at 2:14

Larry Osterman, a pretty well-known MSDN blogger.

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I've written books about programming, but I'm not famous. 99% of the people mentioned in the answers here aren't famous either. John Resig, Miguel de Icaza, and Ray Ozzie qualify as famous. The other dudes, meh.

Just another navel-gazing poll on SO.

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If you're a game developer, the name Andrew Rollings might be familiar/famous, from his books

Game Architecture and Design (used as a textbook in many college game-development curricula) and

Andrew Rollings and Ernest Adams on Game Design.

See also hiivebooks.com

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I consider brian d foy to be famous, and he's quite active here (rep 6K+ and a very frequent editor of questions and answers). Interesting that I don't see his name mentioned with a couple of other Perl programmers who were mentioned.

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Well, outside of Perl I'm a nobody :) –  brian d foy Dec 11 '08 at 19:14
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Coincidentally, outside of Perl I'm a brian d foy :) –  Kyle Cronin Dec 11 '08 at 19:38
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Nothing that exists is truly outside of Perl! :) –  skiphoppy Dec 12 '08 at 17:07
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@skiphoppy - You don't know how right you are. xkcd.com/224 –  Chris Lutz Mar 11 '09 at 9:07

Walter Bright is the father of the D programming language.

I think it's interesting to note that most of these famous developers have rather low reputations (Jon Skeet excluded of course) it almost makes you think they have better things to do with their time...

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I'm a big Fan of D, but I don't think Walter Bright is that famous, or else, D would've been more famous, i.e. more mainstream –  hasenj Dec 11 '08 at 22:20
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Andrei Alexandrescu is also here now. –  mmyers Jul 21 '10 at 19:09
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@hasen: Walter used to be famous for Zortech C++ before he invented D. –  sbi Dec 18 '10 at 9:43

Allen Bauer and Barry Kelly are also quite famous in the Delphi community.

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I read a post of Bruce Eckel today.

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The account is no more. –  Stu Thompson Sep 18 '09 at 17:32

I'm an infamous programmer.

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@theman: there is no dumb answer. There are only dumb questions. ;-) –  splattne Jan 21 '09 at 16:13
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"... Remember, there are no stupid questions, just stupid people." -- Mr. Garrison, South Park –  Adrien May 20 '09 at 23:25

Jim Anderson is also on here, which is pretty cool.

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Not sure I've ever really heard of any 'famous' developers, maybe famous among developers but that doesn't really equate to fame in my mind. Edward Norton is a famous actor, but not just among actors. There are few developers that I would consider famous as nobody outside the developer community has any clue, most people not even having a clue what a developer even is.

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I bet more people know who Bill Gates is then Edward Norton. –  Chad Okere Dec 26 '08 at 21:33
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Who's Edward Norton? (No, really, I've never heard the name before.) –  mmyers Jan 12 '09 at 15:25
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Who is Linux named after? Maybe that guy is famous. –  Nosredna Jun 24 '09 at 18:15
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Didn't he do the Norton Utilities? :-) –  Paul Tomblin Sep 18 '09 at 11:43

Ayende Rahien

Prolific developer/blogger well known in the .NET community. (also creator of Rhino Mocks)

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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

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