Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Programmer Vs Developer Vs Engineer etc...

 Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/meshel/archive/2005/02/23/24193.aspx

A few days ago I read the post by Eric Sinc You need Developers, not Programmers and I was rminded of a few past moments. Let me just say I agree with what he writes, but I personaly don't mind being called programmer, even though I am a developer - programming is my main job after all.

I have had a few encounters that convinced me to say that I am either Developer/Engineer (I try to avoid engineer as it actually is based on a diploma which I don't have).

I was once in the Palo Alto area, for a short work visit, and went out with someone who worked there, he asked what I did, I said I was a programmer who does this and that and likes integrating applications... He said, "Well, for your own benefit, never introduce yourself as a programmer. Always Engineer, in your case it's best you say I'm an Integration Engineer". I thought he was right, first it does sound better, and secondly he seemed like a smart person, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Eventually my company solved this dillema for me, and printed on my business card “Senior Software Engineer“ - don't ask me why, I didn't ask for it, and I don't complain. When people ask me what I do, it depends who asks. If a non-techie type asks me, I say I'm a programmer - it's easy for them to understand and relate to that, If I say I'm a developer, they sometimes ask me if I'm a real estate developer :-) If the person is a techie-type, or works at a tech company I ususally say I'm a developer...

A year or so ago, I met this girl who works in Amdocs in HR, she asked me what I did, and I gave her the standard answer, I'm a programmer... She gave me a disapproving face - I thought she meant that programmer=geek (a standard observation here in Israel), but she was cute :-) so I asked her what she meant - not wanting to lose face I guess. She said “Well at Amdocs programmers aren't really regarded as important”, The I made a face, and she continued “Developers are the real deal” - So I said “Oh! in that case I'm a Developer!”...

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