Do you know the difference between a Programmer, Coder, Developer and Engineer?
The titles such as Engineer, Programmer, Coder, Developer, and Computer Scientist are very confusing even for those who are working in the technology industry. Do you exactly know what do they do and in case of a problem or help whom should you approach?
In real world, it depends upon organization to organization and how these terms are used by them in their industry, as these terms are often interchangeable. It can change and mean different things based on the situation.
So, how do you differentiate between these terms and know who’s who and what kind of expert you will need for a particular job? While there is no specific rule to follow, we will have a look at each title below and see what it means.
Developers and Programmers
They are more experienced code-writers who are versed in at least two to three languages and write awesome, clean, error free and well-factored codes. They can apply their algorithmic knowledge to create more advanced levels of software coding.
Anyone who writes code is often called a coder by the people outside the tech industry. However, this all-surrounding term can be considered judgmental for those who live and breathe programming every day. Coders are commonly considered the least trained or experienced level of programmers.
These people do not have the same algorithmic knowledge as a programmer or developer, as they are often a beginner in the field, skilled in just one coding language. Coders are usually given the job of writing forthright pieces of code that can easily be delegated by the developers. As some are put-off by the title, it is sometimes used interchangeably with “Junior Programmer” or “Junior Developer.”
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