Jeff Atwood

Jeff Atwood 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.

Jeff Atwood
Jeff Atwood in 2008
OccupationSoftware developer, writer
Known forCoding Horror (blog), Stack Overflow, Stack Exchange[3][4]

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


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

In 2008, together with Spolsky, Atwood founded Stack Overflow, a programming question-and-answer website. The site quickly became very popular,[5] 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. 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. " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
  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". Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  10. Atwood, Jeff (August 27, 2013). "The CODE Keyboard". Retrieved 29 August 2013.
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