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„Coder” is a disrespectful slur

Computer programmers studied logic, math, complexity, electronics and computer science. Engineer did the same, also time management. A developer studied some of those, plus learned to understand the humans that ask them to solve problems. A „coder” searched online for stuff they don't understand to copypaste.

Generally, programmers are no longer called programmers in the industry, except sometimes by other programmers who learned programming. Programmers are people like Grace Hopper (COBOL) and Evelyn Granville (STEM advocate), Keller and McCarthy (BASIC and LISP). Engineer or developer are typical titles for most people who program.

Disrespecting people whose level you cannot reach?

Belittling people using slurs like „coder” is undesirable. Comparing a programmer or an engineer with a „coder” is bit like calling a chef running a large restaurant „prep cook”. It is just not right, and it diminishes the contributions these people can make.

People working on these fields are used to it. The software developers, engineers and programmers colleagues at their employer company recruiting, HR and marketing fail this all the time. Yet it's not like the developers or programmers slur them. Yet further, its likely they have spent a full decade longer studying their science and art, than the people talking in diminutives. It's like calling your Medical Doctor a „leech”, or a heart surgeon a „pump fixer”.

Software has never been more complex

IT products are no longer 1990s simple Fortran or C-programs. Even the simplest IT product and its pipeline requires use of several programming languages and application frameworks, and maybe an app store integration. It is not something random people can just do anymore than random people are multi-instrumentalists proficient in several styles of music production.

Basic requirement today for software product is internet functionality, as well as information security, and quality user experience. Hard for most to comprehend herding this complexity into human-readable stuff and packaging it for use in all of internet.

Yet its as if IT professionals are some miscreant that can be shut in a room and fed pizza under the door for 10 days to get a ready product.

People who look for „coders” are shopping for cheap developer work

They are trying to get a free ticket off of you. Don't fall for it. Software products are extremely valuable, and so are engineers or developers contributions. Once finished it can be duplicated infinitely. Working for someone who is looking for a „coder” means they are unlikely to have basic business proficiency.

This all is risky enough as is. Without suitable team, you are likely to contribute to a failure. Trust me, I've done this mistake many times.

Find real work. They are not worth your time.

Avoid people who diminute and slur professionals as „coders”

All kinds of quick profit can be made by appearing to be running a IT startup or project. Investments and sweat equity are collected by worthless sharks in the name of new business, innovation or empowerment. This failure to do basic research into ones field of business is further magnified by reporters attempting to procure content, and ending up with tech hype and stereotypes in the process.

On the other end, it is futile to expect everyone to understand every job title, or foreign degree terminology. But at the least one should expect this from a recruiting agent or a co-worker.

The rest of the World should just use the term they can read on the resume.

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