Washington, D.C. (October 17, 2012) – The Application Developers Alliance announced today that Joel Spolsky has been named Chairman of its Board of Directors. The 22 member Board unanimously elected Spolsky, a pioneer and thought leader in the developer community, to be its chairman. As Chairman, Spolsky will help to shape programming and policy initiatives for the Alliance and its more than 15,000 members. Spolsky is the co-founder of Fog Creek Software and the co-founder of Stack Exchange. His website “Joel on Software,” is read by developers around the world and translated into thirty languages.