Programmers : What is a Programmer?

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What is a programmer?  And what is the primary function of programmers?
Here is a brief and slightly modified summary based on a Wikipedia article that we retrieved on October 14, 2011, "A programmer, (computer programmer or coder) is someone who writes computer software.  The term computer programmer can refer to a specialist in one area of computer programming or to a generalist who writes code for many kinds of software.  One who practices or professes a formal approach to programming may also be known as a programmer analyst.  A programmer's primary computer language (C, C++, Java, Lisp, Python etc.) is often prefixed to the above titles, and those who work in a web environment often prefix their titles with web. The term programmer can be used to refer to a software developer, software engineer, computer scientist, or software analyst."  Read the full and most current programmers definition on Wikipedia at

Computer software engineers design and develop software. They apply the theories and principles of computer science and mathematical analysis to create, test, and evaluate the software applications and systems that make computers work. The tasks performed by these workers evolve quickly, reflecting changes in technology and new areas of specialization, as well as the changing practices of employers.

Software engineers design and develop many types of software, including computer games, business applications, operating systems, network control systems, and middleware. They must be experts in the theory of computing systems, the structure of software, and the nature and limitations of hardware to ensure that the underlying systems will work properly.

Computer software engineers begin by analyzing users' needs, and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs. During this process they create flowcharts, diagrams, and other documentation, and may also create the detailed sets of instructions, called algorithms, that actually tell the computer what to do. They also may be responsible for converting these instructions into a computer language, a process called programming or coding, but this usually is the responsibility of computer programmers.

As found on the Bereau of Labor Statistics website in the 2010-2011 occupational handbook it states, "Computer programmers write programs. After computer software engineers and systems analysts design software programs, the programmer converts that design into a logical series of instructions that the computer can follow (A section on computer systems analysts appears elsewhere in the Handbook.). The programmer codes these instructions in any of a number of programming languages, depending on the need. The most common languages are C++ and Python."  You can read more at ( Computer programmers also update, repair, modify, and expand existing programs.

You may also want to read the discussion about programmers vs. developers at the Code Better website.

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