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2 points by canatan01 on Jan 16, 2014 | hide | past | favorite | 5 comments
Hi all,

What is the most used term for a coder in the US? Is it coder, hacker, developer, engineer, programmer or something else?

Sincerely, Baris

The terms are nearly interchangeable[0] but programmer is more widely used[1].

[0] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programmer (see first sentence)

[1] http://www.googlefight.com/index.php?lang=en_GB&word1=coder&...

Depends on the skill and expereince level. An engineer would be a high level developer, for instance. I think the connotation of coder is a little bit negative for anyone with skill level.

Aha, ok. Let me rephrase then: if I want to make a site geared towards people who code, what is the best word to use in the domain name (coder, developer, etc)?

Programmer would be the best term.

This seems arbitrary. What's your source?

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