I'm Jeff Atwood. I live in Berkeley, CA with my wife, two cats,
one three children, and a whole lot of computers. I was weaned as a software developer on various implementations of Microsoft BASIC in the 80's, starting with my first microcomputer, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4a. I continued on the PC with Visual Basic 3.0 and Windows 3.1 in the early 90's, although I also spent significant time writing Pascal code in the first versions of Delphi. I am now quite comfortable in VB.NET or C#, despite the evils of case sensitivity. I'm currently learning Ruby.
I consider myself a reasonably experienced
Windowsweb software developer with a particular interest in the human side of software development, as represented in my recommended developer reading list. Computers are fascinating machines, but they're mostly a reflection of the people using them. In the art of software development, studying code isn't enough; you have to study the people behind the software, too.
- In 2004 I began this blog. I don't mean to be overly dramatic, but it changed my life. Everything that comes after was made possible by this blog.
In 2005, I found my dream job at Vertigo Software and moved to California. You can take a virtual tour of my old office if you'd like.
- In 2008 I decided to choose my own adventure. I founded and built stackoverflow.com, and what would ultimately become the Stack Exchange network of Q&A sites, in a joint venture with Joel Spolsky. The Stack Exchange network is now one of the top 150 largest sites on the Internet.
- In early 2012 I decided to leave Stack Exchange and spend time with my growing family while I think about what the next thing could be. As of 2013, that turned out to be Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc. and the Discourse open-source discussion platform. Here's to the next 5 years of improving conversations on the Internet!
Why do you blog?
Mostly for selfish reasons. I needed a way to keep track of software development over time – whatever I am thinking about or working on. I research things I find interesting, then document my research with a public blog post, which I can easily find and refer to later. Hopefully other people will find these posts helpful, relevant, or interesting. I firmly believe that blogs are a two way conversation, so I welcome email and comments – as long as they're on topic, more or less.
If you're into audio, there's a bit more in my 45 minute .NET Rocks interview. If you prefer interviews, I've done a few: one with ScribeSonic, one with Daily Blog Tips, and one with Caffeinated coder.
What the heck is that thing on the right?
It's a Wumpus. I sometimes go by the nickname or "handle" Wumpus online. The image is from one of my first computing experiences. I consider the Wumpus my power animal, but I don't look much like a Wumpus in person:
What is the meaning of 'Coding Horror'?
Code Complete is my all-time favorite programming book, and this particular icon from the book left a lasting impression on me. I think every practicing software developer has stared down more than a few Coding Horrors of their own creation at one point or another. I asked, and Steve was kind enough to let me to use the image and the name for my blog.
How can I contact you?
Are there any secret easter eggs?
Unfortunately, no. But you can buy Coding Horror T-Shirts or stickers if you're so inclined.