People use words like “coder”, “programmer”, and “web developer” to describe professionals involved in software and application development and other web development activities
For example, if you are looking for a Java development company, you might use phrases like “Java developer”, “Java Contractor”, “Java Development”.
Understanding the meaning of those terms, and differences in usage can help businesses to find appropriate specialist easier using web search. And it can help web design and development companies to target their search engine advertising better.
Coding refers to activity of writing a code (in our case software code) but also writing a code of a mark-up language like HTML or XML.
Programming is almost the same as coding but most often refers to writing a code in “proper” programming language like C or Java. Programming is also a wider term, and can include other activities besides coding such as debugging and code compilation.
Development is a wider term covering full life-cycle of a software or web development project.
Some say that a “software developer” has to have a wider set of skills, including project management and communication skills, and have to be more commercially aware compared to a “programmer”. Programmer is a person in junior position who writes the code according to prescribed specification.
Let’s have a look what people are using when searching for particular software skills. We will do this by utilising a Google keyword suggestion tool. The table below shows the global number of searches per month for particular combination of technology/activity:
People are more likely to call PHP developers “coders” compared to Java. With Java “programmer” is used more often.
Although serious web applications can be developed in both technologies, search statistics shows that people still treat PHP as a light-weight web programming language, much more suitable for simple tasks compared to Java.
No matter if you prefer to say coder or developer, feel free to contact us if you need one.