I work daily as a developer for the worlds largest retail company. My specific title, being young in the world of software development, is "Associate Software Engineer", though previously it was "Programmer". I take pride in my title because, in my opinion, it states that I am more than some monkey sitting in a corner pumping out line after line of code for evil-villain business professionals in suits like some circus act. I don't just strive to understand JUST what my code does, but how the entire beast operates, and I work to ensure that my piece, no matter how small, can be fit seamlessly into the great machine that is the company I work at.
I say all this because today during a meeting, when discussing a plan that was made previously and why so much of it had changed since the previous meeting, the business representative in the room said: "Well, he was just a coder, so let us move on." This struck me right in my core. Maybe I am overly dramatic/sensitive, but it felt like it was being used in a derogatory manner which didn't sit well with me.
I'd love to hear your opinions!