It is no longer enough to simply ask someone if they are a
programmer. Saying a programmer writes programs is like saying a
scientist does science. The difference is that botanists don't
design nuclear reactors.
McClure: "Programmer" is an
It took me some time to convince my dad that, while I am a programmer, I
do not use, nor understand, Microsoft Windows; there is more to programming
than just The Redmond
Monopolist Operating System. The above article goes into just a few
different areas that all fall under “programming.”
Even system administration (the job of keeping computers fed and happy)
has disciplines—you have those that run Microsoft Windows (and even there,
you have several different flavors of Windows to manage) and those that run
Unix (and here you can even specialize even further—Solaris,
BSD, any number of Linux
And even if you know how to run Linux, there's a quantitative difference
between running a small network (say, less than 100 machines) and something
on the scale of Google
(100,000 machines? 500,000 machines? A million?).
(If you are curious, I'm clearing out the backlog here … )
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