What can someone be called an programmer?

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What can someone be called an programmer?

Posted 29 May 2017 - 10:21 AM

I started programming 6 months ago, I have already reached OOP, when my friends ask what is my biggest hobby, I tell them I am programming. So, can I call myself a programmer? Have I reached that status yet?
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Re: What can someone be called an programmer?

Posted 29 May 2017 - 10:25 AM

Well I would probably say you are a hobbiest programmer, but when people say "I am a programmer" they typically use it in reference to what they do as a job/career. However there is no real threshold you meet before you can call yourself that. Just be sure to let people know that you do it has a hobby and that you are still fairly new. I wouldn't be applying for programmer jobs yet until you get a solid year of hardcore programming work under your belt. But hey, calling yourself a programmer isn't like calling yourself a doctor. Just make sure that others don't interpret it as you being a professional programmer and all is good. :)
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Posted 29 May 2017 - 10:27 AM

When can I call myself a hardcore programmer? Is it defined by skill or by time I spent programming?
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Posted 29 May 2017 - 11:03 AM

Gotta get the secret tattoo first. ;)

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 12:08 PM

Secret tattoo?! Damn, I thought all needed was a beard and some Star Wars t-shirts.
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Re: What can someone be called an programmer?

Posted 29 May 2017 - 01:24 PM

Ponytail and beer belly would be pretty crucial. Doesn't matter what t-shirts you wear as long as they're black. (real programmers avoid color, except for the green type on their black background)
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Re: What can someone be called an programmer?

Posted 29 May 2017 - 08:37 PM

View Postjeffindenver, on 29 May 2017 - 03:08 PM, said:

Secret tattoo?! Damn, I thought all needed was a beard and some Star Wars t-shirts.

The tattoo is where it's at, even comes with two turntables and a microphone.
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Re: What can someone be called an programmer?

Posted 29 May 2017 - 09:49 PM

View PostLegija100, on 29 May 2017 - 10:27 AM, said:

When can I call myself a hardcore programmer? Is it defined by skill or by time I spent programming?


Skill and time should be balance i guess. Maybe you need an extra stuff? :gun_bandana:
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Re: What can someone be called an programmer?

Posted 30 May 2017 - 06:36 AM

You can call yourself a programmer after your first "hello world." Of course, you can call yourself a writer because you write, a cook because you cook, etc.

One reasonable metric, for some endeavors, is if someone else is willing to pay you to do it. Or, simply, others appreciating what you do. Or, you doing something that displays some level of skill.

For something like writing, level of skill is fairly subjective. For cooking or programming, the quality of the product produced is reasonably easy to judge as a pass or fail. If a pass, then can you do better? A cook should be able to make dinner based on what's on hand. A programmer should be able to solve trivial problem X based on what they already understand.
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Re: What can someone be called an programmer?

Posted 31 May 2017 - 08:27 AM

When you can write a program that works.

I never really thought of myself as a programmer til I got my first job. My title was "Computer Programmer" :)

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 10:08 AM

I started calling myself a "coder" once my sweet peachfuzz neckbeard grew in.
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Posted 31 May 2017 - 12:21 PM

Old Gregg enjoys a fuzzy little man peach now and then... Have you ever drank Bailey's from a shoe?

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 04:47 AM

I got a mangina.
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Re: What can someone be called an programmer?

Posted 03 June 2017 - 03:00 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 29 May 2017 - 08:03 PM, said:

Gotta get the secret tattoo first. ;)/>/>/>

... moving to the lounge.


Secret Tattoo? Yes, like this one?


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Re: What can someone be called an programmer?

Posted 25 August 2017 - 02:09 PM

View PostLegija100, on 29 May 2017 - 10:51 PM, said:

So, can I call myself a programmer? Have I reached that status yet?

If you can find a Job then yes you are....
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