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The flagship website of the Stack Exchange Network, Stack Overflow hosts more than 100 million visitors each month. The public platform, founded by Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky in 2008, features questions and answers about computer programming. Stack Overflow provides resources for individuals alongside products for teams, advertisers, and talent-seeking users.
Stack Overflow houses over 22 million questions and answers. Each is tagged so you can filter for what you need. You can also filter by user.
Participants are categorized as new users, editors, or moderators. Additional user breakdowns include voting history and reputations.
Stack Overflow's format resembles Reddit. Any visitor can search Stack Overflow, but you need a free account to participate.
The Stack Exchange Network also hosts the Software Engineering Stack Exchange. It overlaps with Stack Overflow, but the latter focuses on coding and tools. The former hosts questions and answers about systems development life cycles.
What topics does Stack Overflow cover?
Stack Overflow topics meet the needs of programming enthusiasts, professionals, and experts. Using words and phrases that describe specific topics, or tags, increases efficiency when exploring Stack Overflow.
Operating systems like Android and iOS rank among the top tags.
But you'll also find information about every aspect of computer science, from the general (databases, frameworks, and algorithms) to the niche and specific.
How to get your questions answered on Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow offers tips to help you ask a question in a way that will receive an answer. Here's a breakdown:
Have a concise, descriptive title.
Write your question using appropriate terms, proper grammar, and language that fully explains your issue.
Adding code helps, but make sure you explain the problem fully first.
Provide enough information to help others recreate your issue.
Use all applicable tags.
Proofread before you post to ensure your question is clear and concise.
Respond to feedback and provide answers to follow-up questions from fellow users.
More free coding resources
Stack Overflow can help you find answers to questions about computer programming, but additional resources exist that benefit coders and programmers. We've listed some key websites below.
Codecademy is an interactive platform with free coding classes in 12 programming languages. Codeacademy also provides career path programs, projects, documents, and a blog to give you insight into the world of computer programming. Pricing varies.
Code Project exists for individuals who code. With question-and-answer forums, discussions, articles, and a thriving community with more than 15 million members, Code Project also features competitions and surveys.