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Discussion on: Coder vs developer vs software engineer

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Simon Barker Author

I totally get where you are coming from. I am a chartered engineer here in the UK but other than being able to say that I am chartered it brings no more weight that the nice and very competent person that Bosch send out to repair my washing machine and call an engineer as it is not a protected status in the UK.

I think the main issue, as with all things tech, is that the field is so new we have to borrow from other industries to describe things, hence we land up in the situation you describe. I have stopped caring about this in the main though, it makes me happier.

Interestingly "Architect" has protected status in the UK and there are strict rules on who can use it, I wonder if adding software as a prefix really does circumvent that protection.