Jeff Atwood

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Jeff Atwood
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Jeff Atwood in 2008
Born1970 (1970) (age 50–51)[1][2]
OccupationSoftware developer, writer
Known forCoding Horror (blog), Stack Overflow, Stack Exchange[3][4]

Jeff Atwood (1970) is an American software developer, author, blogger, and entrepreneur. He writes the computer programming blog Coding Horror. He co-founded the computer programming question-and-answer website Stack Overflow and co-founded Stack Exchange, which extends Stack Overflow's question-and-answer model to subjects other than programming.

Atwood's most recent project as of 2012 is the development of Discourse, an open source Internet discussion platform.[3]


Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood at MIX 2009

Atwood started a programming blog, Coding Horror, in 2004. As a result, he met Joel Spolsky, among others.

In 2007, Jeff Atwood made the quote that was popularly referred to as Atwood’s Law:[5]

“Any application that can be written in JavaScript, will eventually be written in JavaScript.”

In 2008, together with Spolsky, Atwood founded Stack Overflow, a programming question-and-answer website. The site quickly became very popular, 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.[6]

In February 2012, Atwood left Stack Exchange so he could spend more time with his family.[7]

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.[8] Atwood and others developed it out of their frustration with current bulletin board software that hadn't seemed to evolve since 1990.[9]

He also launched a mechanical keyboard called CODE in 2013.[10]


  • 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. ^ Atwood, Jeff (August 8, 2012). "I Was a Teenage Hacker". Coding Horror. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  2. ^ Atwood, Jeff (May 9, 2006). "The Ten Commandments of Egoless Programming". Coding Horror. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Finley, Klint (July 5, 2012). "Stack Overflow Man Remakes Net One Answer at a Time". Wired. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  4. ^ Atwood, Jeff (June 5, 2015). "Programmerchat: I am Jeff Atwood". Reddit. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  5. ^ k, jayaprabhakar (2018-01-03). "Rethinking Atwood's Law". Medium. Retrieved 2020-08-06.
  6. ^ "Is Writing More Important Than Programming?". Archive of Previous Presentations. CUSEC. 2008. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Jeff Atwood bids adieu to Stack Exchange for the best reason ever". AOL. 7 February 2012.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Atwood, Jeff (February 5, 2013). "Civilized Discourse Construction Kit". Coding Horror. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  10. ^ Atwood, Jeff (August 27, 2013). "The CODE Keyboard". Coding Horror. Retrieved 29 August 2013.

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