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Seeking Engineers/Developers/Programmers

“Seeking Frontend Developer”, “Hiring backend engineers”, “Software Engineer II”, “Junior Back-end Developer”, “Junior Programmer”

  1. “Experience with HTML, CSS…”
  2. “Programming knowledge in one or more of these languages…”
  3. “Experience with relational databases such as…”
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What’s a software engineer?

A software engineer “design[s] software programs and often participate[s] in the details of their development.” They “apply engineering principles and systematic methods to develop programs and operating data for computers.” (ComputerScience.org)

What’s a software developer?

Meanwhile, “software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device.” They “are in charge of the entire development process for a software program”. (BLS)

What’s a software/computer programmer?

A software programmer “creates the code for software applications and operating systems…the programmer writes code that converts that design into a set of instructions a computer can follow…The programmer continues to evaluate programs that are in use, making updates and adjustments as needed.” (https://www.thebalancecareers.com/what-does-a-computer-programmer-do-525996)

Education

According to Built In NYC, engineers usually have formal education; in fact, “In some countries, it’s legally required to have a degree in engineering in order to have the title.” This is not necessarily the case with programmers.

Responsibilities

Where an engineer needs to lay the foundations of the program, and is “responsible for…maintaining the system”, a programmer is more focused on the code — literally. Programmers are more what one thinks of from the movies and shows: they’re writing dozens of lines of code, and it’s their responsibility “for identifying and fixing bugs in the system”. (Built In)

Resources

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