Step Aside StackOverflow, Here’s HaackOverflow

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During my talk at the PDC, I heeded Hanselman’s call to action and decided to veer away from the Northwind “Permademo” and build something different.

In the middle of the talk, I unveiled that I was going to build a competitor to StackOverflow which I would call HaackOverflow. This was all news to Jeff as he hadn’t seen the demo until that point.

The demo walked through some basics of building a standards based ASP.NET MVC application, and sprinkled in a bit of AJAX. At the very end, I swapped out the site.css file and added an image and changed the site from the drab default blue template to something that looked similar in spirit to StackOverflow.


If you haven’t seen the talk yet, you can watch it on Channel9. Also, the links to my slides and the source code are also available on that page.

I only mention it now because Jeff recently Twittered a link to the Reddit Remix of the StackOverflow logo, which reminded of my own hack job on their logo.

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15 responses

  1. Avatar for Mark Wisecarver
    Mark Wisecarver November 6th, 2008

    Excellent walk through for MVC, highly recommended.

  2. Avatar for Adron
    Adron November 7th, 2008

    That is, totally pimp. Period.

  3. Avatar for fschwiet
    fschwiet November 7th, 2008


  4. Avatar for Jef Claes
    Jef Claes November 7th, 2008

    Wow. That's so awesome. Play on playah.

  5. Avatar for Gabriel Bogea
    Gabriel Bogea November 8th, 2008

    Phil I watched the PDC video and though it was a pretty cool presentation. I work with ASP.NET for a while now but Ruby on Rails is my hobby. I think you guys did a great job in the MVC framework. I still think Ruby's dynamic features make Rails a little easier to work with the MVC. On the other hand there are many of my peers that would argue that the strong typed features on C# are a good thing. I think there are good and bad in both approaches, there is no silver bullet (unfortunately). In spite of these different points of view I think you are going in the right direction with MVC. Thanks for all the effort.
    Oh, you also convinced me that the 1's you got on the presentation were a mistake do to the page's display error. :)

  6. Avatar for Johan Vries
    Johan Vries November 9th, 2008

    Nice one! HaackOverFlow, great name ;).

  7. Avatar for Thomas Hansen
    Thomas Hansen December 2nd, 2008

    And here's is Stacked, an Open Source version of; - and here's the code; ;)

  8. Avatar for Matthew
    Matthew February 3rd, 2009

    Awesome demo! Glad to see the Northwind DB is going away.
    I've tried downloading your code and running it against the latest MVC RC and it doesn't seem to work as advertised. Instead of the new Question showing up in the list, the entire question form appears in it's place. Did something go bad with the AJAX helpers and code during the move to RC? Or has your demo code just not been updated? I can't seem to find anything regarding the MVC and the AJAX work and this is the most intriguing part of it, for me.

  9. Avatar for haacked
    haacked February 4th, 2009

    @Matthew I'll be posting an update soon.

  10. Avatar for Simucal
    Simucal February 10th, 2009

    Any chance to update Haackoverflow to work with Beta?

  11. Avatar for designx9
    designx9 April 2nd, 2009

    Please send me the Stacked source code files,
    ( an Open Source version of; - and here's the code; ;))
    Please send to my email. I cannot download from anywhere. Thanks guys.

  12. Avatar for Geogre
    Geogre April 4th, 2009

    Anybody have the link to download the HaackOverflow sample?

  13. Avatar for bala
    bala January 25th, 2010

    Any links to download the HaackOverflow project code?

  14. Avatar for Dmitri
    Dmitri April 18th, 2011

    There is also this new StackOverlow clone in PHP 5.3, powered by MongoDB. It's awesome
    Demo is on Lampcms support forum:

  15. Avatar for DK
    DK May 23rd, 2011

    Can you please provide the source code for this demo. I dont see links on the channel9 page.