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


I'm an infamous programmer.

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    dumb answer if i could down vote you i would – theman_on_vista Dec 19 '08 at 21:47
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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
  • You are so famous, you are infamous. – systemovich Oct 27 '10 at 11:36

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.

  • ryan, you are right – theman_on_vista Dec 26 '08 at 21:29
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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
  • I would call Carmack famous. Just. Above a Big Brother escapee but below the person who does that advert. With the elephant. Yeah you know the one I mean. – mlk Oct 13 '09 at 12:55

Just stumbled upon an answer by Cory Foy.

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    Is he famous? In what context? – Pëkka Jan 13 '11 at 15:40

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