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".

  • 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
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    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
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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'd heard of Romain Guy (co-author of the Java book Filthy Rich Clients) before he showed up here. He seems to have posted one answer and left, though.


Ayende Rahien

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

  • He seems quite inactive. – Arnis Lapsa Jun 25 '09 at 7:13

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.


Jesse Liberty, author of several programming books and Silverlight blogger.


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

I see Frans Bouma recently registered.


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.


I'm not famous.

However, I'm in Wikipedia in a few places due to my programming. But that shows how big Wikipedia is, not how big I am.


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



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


Terence Parr: https://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.


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

  • Dammit steven, I was trying to remain anonymous! :) – Andrew Rollings Dec 11 '08 at 18:27
  • @[Andrew Rollings]: uh...you'd have to be quiet for that to happen, and we both know you just...can't...do...that! – Steven A. Lowe Dec 11 '08 at 19:44

Stephen Colebourne, Java Champion and creator of the clichéd Joda Time library, appears occasionally.


Karl E Peterson has recently joined, and has been well-known in the Classic VB community for many years for his many contributions.


Ryan Bates is here. I don't about any other community, but in Ruby on Rails community he is one the biggest names. Almost every new Ruby on Rails programmer learns through his excellent Railscasts!


Stefan Küng - the lead developer of TortoiseSVN.


Didn't Jeff mention on the podcast that Ray Ozzie uses Stack Overflow?


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

Martijn Dashorst is now here too!


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


"has done something important for the rest of us"

[I don't know how many was-Palm-programmmers 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 :)


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


Ceki Gülcü, founder of log4j, slf4j, Logback projects. Very much active on SO.


jay bazuzi is famous cause he blogs about pizza

Exhibit A

  • lol this guy is great – theman_on_vista Mar 17 '09 at 18:28

Jeni Tennison and Dimitre Novatchev (XML/XSLT)

  • I think also Dr. Michael Kay was here. – user150068 Oct 27 '10 at 21:54

Maybe not entirely famous yet but Brian McNamara from the F# development team has a signficant 16K+ rep at the time of adding him to the list.

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