Jeff Atwood

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Jeff Atwood

Jeff Atwood is an American software developer, author, blogger, and entrepreneur. He is known for the programming blog Coding Horror, and is the co-founder of the question-and-answer website Stack Overflow and the Stack Exchange Network.[1]


In 2008, together with Joel Spolsky, Atwood founded Stack Overflow, a programming question-and-answer website. The site quickly became very popular,[2] and was followed by Server Fault for system administrators, and Super User for general computer-related questions, eventually becoming the Stack Exchange network which includes many Q&A websites about topics decided on by the community.

From 2008 to 2014, Atwood and Spolsky published a weekly podcast covering the progress on Stack Exchange and a wide range of software development issues. Jeff Atwood was also a keynote presenter at the 2008 Canadian University Software Engineering Conference.[3]

In February 2012, Atwood left Stack Exchange so he could spend more time with his family.[4]

Atwood is credited with the proposal of "Atwood's Law" which is a corollary to the Rule of least power design principle. It states that any application that can be written in JavaScript will eventually be written in JavaScript.[5]

On February 5, 2013, Atwood announced his new company, Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc. Its flagship product is an open source next-generation discussion platform called Discourse.[6] Atwood and others developed it out of their frustration with current bulletin board software that hadn't seemed to evolve since 1990.[7]

He also launched a mechanical keyboard called CODE[8] in 2013.

Published works[edit]

  • The ASP.NET 2.0 Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks, by Scott Allen, Jeff Atwood, Wyatt Barnett, Jon Galloway and Phil Haack. ISBN 978-0980285819
  • Effective Programming: More Than Writing Code. ISBN 9781478300540


  1. ^ Klint Finley. "Stack Overflow Man Remakes Net One Answer at a Time". Wired. 
  2. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Is Writing More Important Than Programming?". Archive of Previous Presentations. CUSEC. 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jeff Atwood bids adieu to Stack Exchange for the best reason ever". AOL. 7 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Atwood, Jeff (2007-07-17). "The Principle of Least Power". Coding Horror. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  6. ^ Ha, Anthony (February 5, 2013). "Stack Exchange Co-Founder Jeff Atwood Launches Forums Startup Discourse, With Funding From First Round, Greylock, And SV Angel". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Atwood, Jeff (February 5, 2013). "Civilized Discourse Construction Kit". Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Atwood, Jeff (August 27, 2013). "The CODE Keyboard". Retrieved 29 August 2013. 

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