Jeff Atwood

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Jeff Atwood
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Jeff Atwood in 2008
Born1970 (age 52–53)[1][2]
Occupation(s)Software 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 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. He is the owner and writer of the computer programming blog Coding Horror, focused on programming and human factors.

As of 2012, Jeff Atwood's most recent project was 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] On February 1, 2023, he stepped down as CEO and assumed the role of Executive Chairman.[10]

He also launched a mechanical keyboard called CODE in 2013.[11]


  • 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 (January 3, 2018). "Rethinking Atwood's Law". Medium. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "Is Writing More Important Than Programming?". Archive of Previous Presentations. CUSEC. 2008. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  7. ^ "Jeff Atwood bids adieu to Stack Exchange for the best reason ever". AOL. February 7, 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. ^ "Sam Saffron and Sarah Hawk named Discourse Co-CEOs". Discourse. January 31, 2023. Retrieved February 9, 2023.
  11. ^ Atwood, Jeff (August 27, 2013). "The CODE Keyboard". Coding Horror. Retrieved August 29, 2013.

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