ma•ven (mā'vən)

n.  A person who has special knowledge or experience;
an expert.


n.  An expert developer with great influence.

Jeff Atwood

Jeff Atwood is a longtime agnostic Windows ecosystem developer. He currently writes for his blog Coding Horror while building Stack Overflow, a community oriented question and answer website for software developers.

Coding Horror | 28 Mar 2015 00:19

Toward a Better Markdown TutorialSubscribe to this feed

Jeff Atwood writes "....It's always surprised me when people, especially technical people, say they don't know Markdown. Do you not use GitHub? Stack Overflow? Reddit? I get that an average person may not understand how Markdown is based on simple old-school plaintext..."
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Coding Horror | 09 Mar 2015 10:49

Our Programs Are Fun To UseSubscribe to this feed

Jeff Atwood writes "....These two imaginary guys influenced me heavily as a programmer. Instead of guaranteeing fancy features or compatibility or error free operation, Beagle Bros software promised something else altogether: fun. Playing with the Beagle Bros quirky..."
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Coding Horror | 09 Jan 2015 11:32

The God LoginSubscribe to this feed

Jeff Atwood writes "....I graduated with a Computer Science minor from the University of Virginia in 1992. The reason it's a minor and not a major is because to major in CS at UVa you had to go through the Engineering School, and I was absolutely not cut out for that kind..."
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Coding Horror | 15 Dec 2014 08:40

The Evolution of eInkSubscribe to this feed

Jeff Atwood writes "....Sure, smartphones and tablets get all the press, and deservedly so. But if you place the original mainstream eInk device from 2007, the Amazon Kindle, side by side with today's model, the evolution of eInk devices is just as striking. Each of..."
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Coding Horror | 26 Nov 2014 01:21

Because Reading is FundamentalSubscribe to this feed

Jeff Atwood writes "....Most discussions show a bit of information next to each user: What message does this send? The only number you can control printed next to your name is post count. Everyone who reads this will see your current post count. The more you post, the..."
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Coding Horror | 11 Nov 2014 01:36

The Tablet Turning PointSubscribe to this feed

Jeff Atwood writes "....Remember how people in the year 2000 used to say how crazy and ridiculous it was, the idea that Anyone Would Ever Run Photoshop in a Web Browser? I mean come on. Oops. One of my big bets with Discourse is that eventually, all computers will be..."
Read more »  The Tablet Turning Point

Coding Horror | 23 Oct 2014 18:43

What If We Could Weaponize Empathy?Subscribe to this feed

Jeff Atwood writes "....One of my favorite insights on the subject of online community is from Tom Chick: Here is something I've never articulated because I thought, perhaps naively, it was understood: The priority for participating on this forum is not the..."
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Coding Horror | 20 Oct 2014 19:32

Your Community DoorSubscribe to this feed

Jeff Atwood writes "....What are the real world consequences to signing up for a Twitter or Facebook account through Tor and spewing hate toward other human beings? Facebook reviewed the comment I reported and found it doesn't violate their Community Standards...."
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Coding Horror | 09 Oct 2014 22:21

Level One: The Intro StageSubscribe to this feed

Jeff Atwood writes "....Way back in 2007, before Stack Overflow was a glint in anyone's eye, I called software development a collaborative game. And perhaps Stack Overflow was the natural outcome of that initial thought – recasting online software development..."
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Coding Horror | 05 Sep 2014 00:23

Standard Markdown is now Common MarkdownSubscribe to this feed

Jeff Atwood writes "....Let me open with an apology to John Gruber for my previous blog post. We've been working on the Standard Markdown project for about two years now. We invited John Gruber, the original creator of Markdown, to join the project via email in November..."
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