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How much total time and resources did it take to develop stackoverflow.com? This is a great application that sets the bar for the rest of is.

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How Hard Could It Be?: The Unproven Path

According to the article the initial coding of the site was managed by Jeff Atwood and three programmers.

The plan :

"It's going to take six to eight weeks."

The result:

In reality, it took about twice as long as that, which wasn't that bad, but it was still a 100 percent overrun.

And a great community website.

Please read the entire article.

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