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, 2009 at 14:41
  • What is SDLC?
    – jjnguy
    Aug 17, 2009 at 16:05
  • Software design life cycle?
    – jjnguy
    Aug 17, 2009 at 16:07
  • development?
    – jjnguy
    Aug 17, 2009 at 16:08
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    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, 2009 at 13:10
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    SDLC - Software Development Life Cycle
    – TheTXI
    Aug 20, 2009 at 13:39

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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, 2013 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, meta.stackoverflow.com, 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, 2009 at 14:46
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    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. Aug 17, 2009 at 14:51
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    Arguably, Meta is the place for parties.
    – Eric
    Aug 17, 2009 at 15:35
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    ...parties with F-bombs, ponies, and cat pinatas. Aug 17, 2009 at 15:41
  • and mmm-bacon. Shog9 and TheTXI would agree.
    – Troggy
    Aug 17, 2009 at 15:59

Language: ASP.net
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, 2009 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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