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by frankus (Priest)
on Oct 06, 2000 at 15:40 UTC ( #35561=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Phrasing! (RE: Prgramming vs. Coding)
in thread Prgramming vs. Coding

Contrarily, I percieve a coder as one producing results in a given language: a programmer writes programs in several languages but is oft ignorant of a language's idiom. Either of these individuals may be prone to haste.

I disagree with some comments concerning code aesthetics although I whole-heatedly cheer the comments about concise subroutines and your comments about abstraction rather than monolithic code.

I gained a lot from Kernigan and Pike's book Practice of Programming that indicates that code beautification is irrelevant with tools like emacs to reformat to coders preference; but it is confusing when diffing versions of the same file indented differently.

I suppose in the final analysis being a programmer or coder, is based solely on the individual's perception.

Brother Frankus.

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Language Bigots
by frankus (Priest) on Oct 17, 2000 at 13:49 UTC
    Given, my most recent experiences this is what I now believe, coders are what one book I've recently read defines as language bigots: people who don't ask how or why, don't use design methodologies and fear CASE Tools.

    A programmer is someone who may know several languages, may prefer one, but uses whatever tools are to hand to make their job easier. Programmers may be less knowledgable about architectures or operating systems but have a good idea of what Software engineering is.

    Obviously it can be seen I am biased to one, that's because I suffer the other.

    Brother Frankus.

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