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re: How do you define professional developer VIEW POST


Somebody who makes significant portion of their income from programming.


From my point of view, if you get paid you are a professional.


Yes. But is this all? I think it could be more. Such as professional image or ability.


The word "professional" kinda has a double meaning.

There's the standard definition:

(of a person) engaged in a specified activity as one's main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.

Which basically means "it's my job".

But some people also use it to quantify skill. In that case "being a professional" means "being good at it".


Money is not the proof of professionalism.

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