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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  • At least you should put that Wiki... and this has been already discussed... let me find the old post. – Patrick Desjardins Dec 11 '08 at 16:18
  • I think this would be best as a community wiki. – EBGreen Dec 11 '08 at 16:18
  • Oops...9 second spread on those. :) – EBGreen Dec 11 '08 at 16:18
  • EBgreen edit some words in the text. We need 4 edits to make that wiki. I already edited. – Patrick Desjardins Dec 11 '08 at 16:19
  • Alright, now it's wiki. I can't find the previous post about that question. This might be deleted. – Patrick Desjardins Dec 11 '08 at 16:22
  • I definitely remember the previous question, but yeah, might be deleted – Jimmy Dec 11 '08 at 16:24
  • I haven't read the previous post, but it would be cool if you could find it though. – Fernando Briano Dec 11 '08 at 16:28
  • What if you're famous but not for programming? – MusiGenesis Dec 11 '08 at 16:30
  • That doesn't answer the question MusiGenesis. – Fernando Briano Dec 11 '08 at 16:31
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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
  • :P I guess I should have made my question more specific. But yeah, I guess if an already famous celebrity became a developer, it would be a famous developer. I meant famous as in "has done something important for the rest of us". – Fernando Briano Dec 11 '08 at 16:42
  • The answer is "yes." – Robert S. Dec 11 '08 at 16:44
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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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Stack Overflow exists because Jon Skeet allows it.

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    Are you in love with jon skeet or something? that is kinda creepy – theman_on_vista Dec 15 '08 at 18:23
  • No, @theman, he is continuing a joke started on Stackoverflow earlier. – Andrei Rinea Dec 17 '08 at 2:08
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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
  • If you want to move from purgatory to heaven vote for jon skeet! – Binoj Antony Mar 17 '09 at 15:26
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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
  • > jon skeet fanboyism makes me sick every religion has to start somewhere and somehow ... ;-) – none May 20 '09 at 21:51
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    is jone skeet Neil Patrick Harrison of C#? – CodeToGlory Aug 12 '09 at 21:40
  • I saw Jon Skeet's book in a local Barnes & Nobles recently. Congrats, Jon - your book is famous enough to make it across the pond and not be bought in bookstores in the American South. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Oct 13 '09 at 14:30
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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
  • What do you mean allows it? – Starx Mar 30 '12 at 4:42
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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
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    When he hits 1.000.000 reputation, will he throw a party? – BRHSM Feb 18 '16 at 15:02

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
  • Five minutes of fame! – dacracot Dec 11 '08 at 18:57
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    "My Mom says I'm cool." --Milhouse (The Simpsons) – cletus Dec 17 '08 at 2:19
  • yes we are famous :) – Yassir Jun 24 '09 at 18:14
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    at least in our own minds. – JohnFx Dec 21 '09 at 15:55
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    @Esko : No. Only if you have a , or if you're among the top 10% of highest rep users. – rlb.usa Jun 30 '10 at 19:37
  • @rlb: My gravatar has multiple stars, does that count?) – Esko Jul 1 '10 at 6:04
  • @Esko : No. We think of gravatar avatars as laziness. – rlb.usa Jul 1 '10 at 13:47
  • @rlb: But I'm lazy by definition, I'm an engineer! – Esko Jul 2 '10 at 13:57
  • @Esko, well, since you're so determined to be famous, you just might be some day. Perhaps you may rank #2 on SO rep - right behind Skeet of course. – rlb.usa Jul 2 '10 at 19:54

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
  • @Thomas Hansen - Mind you, so did Jon Skeet, although it's not the only question he's answered ;-} – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells Jan 14 '09 at 0:28
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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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    Does it count as Metaprogramming? – Diego Pino Oct 5 '12 at 14:34

John Resig (Mr. jQuery)

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    +1. I wasn't able to find him using search :) – galymzhan Feb 25 '11 at 9:23
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    +1 finally,ONE postwhere I can't say 'not enough jquery' – Manishearth Apr 5 '12 at 6:12

Bjarne Stroustrup - a computer scientist most notable for developing the C++ programming language. He joined Stack Overflow in May 2009.

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    He joined in may, answer one single question, got 20 up votes and never come back. – OscarRyz Aug 21 '09 at 17:05
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    Its now one hundred thousand votes! – Won't Jun 21 '11 at 14:34
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    I guess that if he had engaged more in Stackoverflow he should have to answer many questions :) – Diego Pino Oct 5 '12 at 14:37
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    "stackoverflow.com/help/badges/13/yearling Active member for a year, earning at least 200 reputation. This badge can be awarded multiple times." Yet he got it 5 times in 2 days lol. – AMDG Aug 12 '14 at 20:55

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
  • Which this had been two separate answers. – Alex Angas Sep 18 '09 at 14:46
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    About Africa, amongst other things. That's hilarious. – Scott Hanselman Oct 21 '09 at 8:39
  • @Olafur, I asked about this somewhere. If a God like Miguel de Icaza were answering questions on .Net and not just on Mono, he'd have a much bigger rep. Perhaps as big as yours? – Dan Rosenstark Dec 31 '09 at 10:32

Python Guru, Alex Martelli.

I wasn't sure if it was really him at first, but given the amount of reputation he has amassed so quickly, and the fact that Joel gave a talk at Google a couple weeks ago... seems legit :-).

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
  • +1 for Randal. Awesome guy, and what Intel did to him was an extreme injustice. – John Dunagan Dec 12 '08 at 17:21
  • +1 - As far as I know, Randal Schwartz is the only regular SO user (besides Joel) who has written a book that I've actually read. – Bill the Lizard Jan 12 '09 at 13:42
  • @Bill - you haven't read any of brian d foy's? :) – DVK Apr 9 '10 at 5:50
  • @DVK: My Perl skills are ancient and crusty, so much so that I have to stay out of the tag. I have an early edition of Learning Perl from before @brain d foy was listed as an author (maybe he was a contributor but didn't get full author credit? I don't know, he'd have to answer that). I should probably get an up-to-date copy of the book. Maybe this is why the 5-10 perl answers I've left on SO have mostly been downvoted. :) – Bill the Lizard Apr 9 '10 at 12:38
  • @Bill - I count a total of 5 perl tag answers for 25 total votes. Not too shabby as far as averages go :) – DVK Apr 9 '10 at 20:50

For the Delphi community: Nick Hodges is quite famous.

  • He's great for Delphi, at least what I remember from the borland.public days ... – CheGueVerra Dec 11 '08 at 17:07
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    He's still great for Delphi – Argalatyr Dec 13 '08 at 2:59

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).

  • I hadn't even heard of Jeff and Joel until recently... – Brian Knoblauch Dec 11 '08 at 16:24
  • Bill Karvin: an EX lead developer at Zend Framework – markus Dec 11 '08 at 16:46
  • :o The "Kent Beck" ??? I though someone took his name, like... CheGueVerra... Is that him really? – OscarRyz Dec 11 '08 at 16:46
  • Are you crazy, I'm less than dust besides the great Kent Beck, but feel somehow pleased that, someone thought he might be me ... :D – CheGueVerra Dec 11 '08 at 17:04
  • I'm still hyped about Oscar's comment .. must be a slow day at work ... Him and Fowler, are guys that I really respect there work. – CheGueVerra Dec 11 '08 at 17:11
  • @[CheGueVerra]: LOL - no one thinks you're Kent Beck or Che, Oscar was referring to Kent! But I am curious why you'd choose the notorious communist revloutionary and executioner Che Guevara as your avatar...and then misspell his name! – Steven A. Lowe Dec 11 '08 at 20:43
  • Easy, I'm not him or claim to be, as for the reason see here stackoverflow.com/questions/357167/… – CheGueVerra Dec 11 '08 at 23:25
  • Yup, I misunderstood that completly ... lol ah well, still made my day. – CheGueVerra Dec 11 '08 at 23:27
  • @Che: Me and Fowler? ? ? :-O Well thank you Now you made my day LOL :P :P Nahh sorry man, I attempt to say : " Probably someone took Kent's name in the same fashion someone took Che's" And I understand. Kent, Folwer [and Me ;)] Are those who you really respect. – OscarRyz Dec 17 '08 at 2:23
  • @tharkun: Doesn't his profile still says he is? – alex Feb 11 '09 at 0:37
  • @alex: I was the project lead on ZF through their 1.0 release. I left Zend in October 2007, and stopped contributing to the project. – Bill Karwin Jul 31 '09 at 23:11

Walter Bright is the father of the [D programming language](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 – hasen Dec 11 '08 at 22:20
  • it's time is coming... – Phil Nash Dec 12 '08 at 17:42
  • brian d foy is a leader in Perl tag. – DVK Apr 9 '10 at 5:52
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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

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
  • @Chris Lutz They say Emacs has a macro for that, too. – Mark C Nov 7 '10 at 0:27
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    No longer this user exist... – nicael Nov 6 '14 at 0:13
  • @nicael I fixed the link. – Franck Dernoncourt Feb 7 '16 at 19:20
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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
  • I don't see Allison Randal's page. Am I crazy, or is that link broken? – James Thompson Jun 24 '09 at 18:16
  • Updated the link to an Allison Randal answer. Looks like her user account is closed. – Corbin March Jun 25 '09 at 5:40
  • Randal's answer has since been deleted. For those of you who don't believe it ever existed, see this screenshot. – zondo Jul 24 '16 at 18:22

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

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).

  • My vote for him. Very useful stuff. – Dmitry Kramarov Oct 14 '09 at 6:31

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

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

Larry Osterman , a pretty well-known MSDN blogger.

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

Robert Martin - Aka Uncle Bob - from ObjectMentor. However, imho, Robert Martin doesn't pay attention to SO as much as he used to after Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood's childish sarcasm on him. I might be wrong, though.

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    I doubt that. He subsequently appeared on the podcast as a guest (blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/02/podcast-41) and it seems like he was on relatively good terms with Atwood and Spolsky. – Kyle Cronin May 12 '09 at 18:16
  • I could be wrong, but I think Uncle Bob occasionally appears where there is mention of one of the SOLID principles. I answered this question a while back linking to his paper on SOLID, and Uncle Bob popped up later that day and answered the question himself (much better than I managed to, as well.) – razlebe Sep 6 '11 at 9:37

I (Marco Cantù) am the author of over a dozen books on Delphi, published around the world. Do I count as a famous developer? Probably only in the given community, "Delphi"...

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    I don't know you, but if that's true, then yes you're geek famous. – Dan Rosenstark Dec 31 '09 at 10:26

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

  • page not found? – llimllib Jun 24 '09 at 18:19
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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

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)

I saw Kent Beck on here a while ago

Andrei Alexandrescu, an author of several C++ programming books and one of the creators of the D programming language.

  • That's not actually the Andrei Alexandrescu, as far as I can tell. This is his real account. – mmyers Nov 7 '10 at 3:47
  • @Michael: Oh, okay. I'll edit it. – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Nov 7 '10 at 17:20

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