Programmers You Should Follow on Twitter

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Regardless of what platforms you work with or which programming language you use, Twitter can be a useful resource for finding experts in your field who share tricks of the trade, job openings, and the latest news and trends.

If you are new to Twitter and hoping to use it to make contacts or find a programming job, check out our article on Using Twitter to Advance Your IT Career. Otherwise, check out the 18 programmers below that you should follow on Twitter.

1. Bryan O'Sullivan (@bos31337)

Bryan is the author of Real World Haskell and co-author of Mercurial: The Definitive Guide both published by O'Reilly. He also co-authored The Jini Specification. He is Engineering Director at Facebook where he manages the Developer Efficiency team, and he lectures at Stanford University.

2. Jeff Atwood (@codinghorror)

Jeff is Co-founder of stackoverflow.com and stackexchange.com. While his profile includes the disclaimer that he has no idea what he's talking about, 82,000 followers might disagree. His blog post on The Future of Markdown urges better standardization and lists needed tweaks for the Markdown language.

3. Vanessa Hurst (@DBNess)

Vanessa describes herself as a coder and lifetime girl scout! She aims to empower coders everywhere through CodeMontage, and she cofounded Girl Develop It, which aims to provide web and software development training to women from diverse backgrounds.

4. Mina Markham (@MinaMarkham)

Mina is a self-confessed STEMinist and front-end developer. She’s currently a front-end engineer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Mina’s big into public speaking and presents at conferences like Sass Summit, Front-End Design Conference, and Midwest.io.

5. K. Scott Allen (@OdeToCode)

Allen has over 25 years’ commercial software development experience in C#, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC and SQL. He authored What Every JavaScript Developer Should Know About ECMAScript 2015 and What Every Web Developer Should Know About HTTP.

6. Alex Payne (@al3x)

Alex is a programmer, writer, and self-described secular humanist. He is the co-author of Programming Scala published by O'Reilly and is an expert on emerging programming languages and technologies. Payne was formerly the CTO of Simple and before that helped build Twitter's developer platform as one of their first employees in 2007.

7. Amber Conville (@crebma)

She calls herself a codeasaurus rex and is a developer at Test Double. Amber is the organizer of Self.conference, a Detroit-based gathering full of hot tech presentations and insightful talks.

8. Jason Fried (@jasonfried)

Jason co-authored the New York Times bestseller Rework with David Heinemeier Hansson. Together they founded 37Signals.com, which built simple but powerful collaboration tools like Basecamp, Highrise, Ta-da List, and Writeboard.

"[Facebook and Twitter] aren't the real problems in the office," Fried says in a perceptive TED talk, "The real problems are what I like to call the M&Ms, the Managers and the Meetings."

9. Chris Smith (@aChrisSmith)

Chris is an engineer working on next-generation developer tools at Google. Before Google, he worked at Microsoft on the F# team. He is the author of Programming F#, a guide to writing simple code to solve complex problems, published by O'Reilly.

10. Jennifer Dewalt (@JenniferDewalt)

Jennifer taught herself to code by building 180 websites in 180 days. She founded multiple startups, the latest one being Zube.

11. Kevin Pilch-Bisson (@Pilchie)

Kevin is a software design engineer at Microsoft, where he is the development lead for C# and Visual Basic IntelliSence for the Roslyn project. He writes about C# and Visual Studio on his blog for the Microsoft Development Network.

12. Kirill Osenkov (@KirillOsenkov)

Kirill is a quality assurance tester on the Roslyn Services team at Microsoft who also designs their internal test and frameworks. He writes about C# and Visual Basic services on his blog on the MSDN website.

13. Linda Liukas (@lindaliukas)

Author of the children’s book Hello Ruby, Linda received the title "Digital Champion of Finland" by the European Commission. She co-founded Rails Girls, a workshop teaching girls how to build on the web.

14. Mike Hay (@Hay)

Mike is the Director of Software Development at Black Pixel. Before that, he built apps for Apple and Adobe -- apps you probably use every day. At present, he’s Director of Engineering at Ticketmaster Mobile Studio,

15. Pam Selle (@pamasaur)

Pam is a software engineer with Comcast. She authored Choosing a JavaScript Framework and speaks at conferences on HTML5, CSS, Sass, and JavaScript. Pam organizes Philadelphia JavaScript Developers, a JavaScript developers group numbering around 1000 in Philadelphia.

16. Una Kravets (@Una)

Una is a front-end developer and calls herself a design nerd. She is a technical writer, and she hosts the @toolsday podcast. She speaks at conferences on open source, Sass, and integrating art with code.

17. Federico Cargnelutti (@fedecarg)

A regular blogger about PHP and software architecture, Federico is passionate about mobile and web technologies. He tweets tech news, insights, ands tutorials and is Senior Software Engineer at the BBC.

18. John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack)

This may not be a name you know -- unless you're familiar with games like Wolfensteim, Quake, Rage or Doom. John was lead programmer for those titles through id Software, the company he founded in 1991. He left the company to take the position of CTO at Oculus VR in 2013.

Are there any that you think are missing? Let me know by tweeting at me on @learncodewithme.

This article has since been edited by Laurence Bradford

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