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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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  • At least you should put that Wiki... and this has been already discussed... let me find the old post. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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". Dec 11 '08 at 16:42
  • 1
    Is it a reflection on them or on me if I say I haven't heard of any of these people?
    – dacracot
    Dec 11 '08 at 18:59
  • 1
    @dacracot, you should at least have heard of Jon Skeet!
    – Robert S.
    Dec 11 '08 at 19:16
  • 4
    What i love about checking out the profiles of these people is to read the answers they give to their own specialization. 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. Dec 17 '08 at 2:08
  • 8
    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! 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
  • 3
    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. 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. 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
  • 2
    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
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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
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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. 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
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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 :) Jan 11 '09 at 13:33
  • @Thomas Hansen - Mind you, so did Jon Skeet, although it's not the only question he's answered ;-} Jan 14 '09 at 0:28
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    >2000 reputation with 1 question and 1 answer. Wow. 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
  • Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them. but you still sharing .. ehhh Mar 29 '19 at 8:50
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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' Apr 5 '12 at 6:12
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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!
    – user1228
    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
  • and the only answer he provided seems more like a Link Only answer :D Mar 29 '19 at 8:53
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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? 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. 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? Dec 31 '09 at 10:32
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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 :-).

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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
  • +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. 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. :) 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
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For the Delphi community: Nick Hodges is quite famous.

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  • He's great for Delphi, at least what I remember from the borland.public days ... Dec 11 '08 at 17:07
  • 3
    He's still great for Delphi
    – Argalatyr
    Dec 13 '08 at 2:59
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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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  • I hadn't even heard of Jeff and Joel until recently... 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 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. 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! 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/… Dec 11 '08 at 23:25
  • Yup, I misunderstood that completly ... lol ah well, still made my day. 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. Jul 31 '09 at 23:11
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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
    – 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
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Jan Goyvaerts is the webmaster of regular-expressions.info: a true Regex Master.

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

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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
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    so... still hopefull?..... for the next 10 years?.... Mar 29 '19 at 8:56
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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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  • My vote for him. Very useful stuff.
    – Dmitry Kramarov
    Oct 14 '09 at 6:31
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From the Apple / Objective-C / Cocoa community, there are several well-known individuals...

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Larry Osterman , a pretty well-known MSDN blogger.

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The creator of Python: Guido van Rossum

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I read a post of Bruce Eckel today.

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    The account is no more. Sep 18 '09 at 17:32
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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. 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
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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. Dec 31 '09 at 10:26
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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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  • 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
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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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The creator of Scala: Martin Odersky

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

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  • 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. Nov 7 '10 at 17:20
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I saw Kent Beck on here a while ago

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