Thanks, Jeff

February 7, 2012

I know, I know. Another non-fitness post.

This time though, I’m OK with it. I want to pay my own little tribute to one of the inspirations behind this site.

In case you missed it, Jeff Atwood today announced that he will no longer be a part of Stack Exchange.

Through his blog at Coding Horror and his subsequent work on Stack Overflow (and hence the Stack Exchange family), Jeff has had a impact on not only my own personal progress as a developer but also millions of Internet users around the globe.

The thing I’ve always enjoyed about reading Jeff’s work is that he’s capable of putting his love of a subject into words, whether that’s software development, his family, writing, video games or anything else. It’s a habit I’ve tried to adopt as my own.

Even today when announcing his departure:

What’s next for me? I honestly don’t know. I do know that I love the Internet, and I remain passionate as ever about making the Internet better – but right now I need to be with my family. In six months, perhaps I’ll be ready to choose another adventure. I have total confidence that the team at Stack Exchange, and the thriving community that makes it so great, will carry Stack Exchange onward. After all, our shared voyage never ends, it just takes different forms.

See what I mean? …man, he’s good…

I’m excited to see what Jeff does next but I’m just as excited about the Internet at large and the ridiculously impressive things I see emerging every single day. It’s a thrilling time to be involved with the Internet and computing in general. The opportunity to do great things is as great as it ever has been.

I read Coding Horror daily, even if Jeff hasn’t posted for weeks as has been the case recently. I have tons of links to some of my favourite posts and I’ve linked to a few below:

…and those are just from the last couple of years. He’s got an entire archive full of great writing.

At the moment I’m not posting as frequently as I should be but Jeff Atwood and his work at Coding Horror is a reminder of how effective clear thoughts, well reasoned arguments and a love of a subject can combine to create great content.

Thanks, Jeff! All the best!

  • JP@ classpath in Java

    Indeed Jeff has made life of programmer easy both from his blog and Stackoverflow. big thanks to him.


    • Anonymous

      Stack Overflow is pretty indispensable these days isn’t it.

      • JP@ classpath in Java

        Indeed , credit to both its good answers and high ranking in google.

  • Josh Sanderson

    I’m new to your site, but we obviously have a lot of the same interests. I’ll be checking back. I wanted to comment briefly and point out that Jeff Atwood’s decision has more to do with health and fitness then it might seem at first glance.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Josh, thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • itoctopus

    I really liked his quotes about Steve Jobs. He gained everything, but at what cost?

    • Anonymous

      He makes some interesting points doesn’t he. Thanks for reading.

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