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Old 09-04-2008, 02:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Difference between Designer, Developer, and Programmer

So what exactly is the difference between a Web Designer, Developer, and Programmer? I ask this because I feel like I'm caught between a rock and a hard place in an attempt to bring definition to these on a corporate level.

To me, a Designer focuses on the graphical elements of the site, essentially those controled by the CSS files and more. They generally don't get their hands dirty in any code, except for HTML and CSS.

A Developer works on a deeper level with graphics and the physical layout of the site. Whether it is coding in Actionscript, Javascript, XML, HTML, CSS, etc. But they don't deal with the more complex server-side code such as .NET, C#, and they don't touch the databases.

A Programmer essentially can handle all code aspects of the site, but they don't deal in the graphics or design departments.

I welcome all thoughts and opinions as I try to bring a solid definition to these. I will admit that this is initially for purely selfish reasons, as my job has taken on the aspect of the developer listed above, but not a programmer and I would like to summarize my responsibilities with an appropriate job title.

Also, if this thread is in the wrong spot, please let me know and I'll move it. Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-12-2008, 04:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Design doesn't necessarily involves the graphic part.. You can design how a database will work, you can design a software (the functionment part..)
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The web designer takes care of how a web site or web page looks pretty, the developer does the coding to make it real and the web programmer works in the programming side of the website.
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I want to thank you all for taking the time to respond. I understand a question such as this does not have an answer as cut-and-dry as most would like; however, it is always good to hear other opinions on this.

svc, that's an interesting take on the concept of design. True, everything is designed to one degree or another, which would render this more of a philosophical discussion on semantics than anything else. I was just hoping that there was a generally accepted "line-in-the-sand" for where responsibilities live.

I know I stated that this was initially for selfish reasons (I really hope nobody took that in a negative context because I was at a loss for determing an accurate job title at the time), but I think a topic such as this could definitely warrant further discussion. After all, there are many different layers in each one.

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Old 12-31-2008, 02:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You are absolutely right and i do agree with your points, thanks for the post, keep posting
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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web designer : analyze website and know what is going to be done

web developer : takes what the designer says and start choosing developing language , maintain security issues ,...

web programmer : is the coder , who start writing code with specified language!
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Old 11-24-2016, 08:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Web design is the work of designing and creating websites. The responsibilities of a web designer are set the layout, color scheme and generate a design for the website. The web designer has used various design programs such adobe Photoshop, paint to create the layout and basic structure of a website. On the other hand web developer create a functioning of the website by using various programming languages like Java, PHP, C#, etc and The programmer handles all code of a website.
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Old 11-24-2016, 02:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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A Designer prepare a new design for a website or a software then a programmer writes codes for it in coding languages like (html and java etc). & developer is almost similar to him he makes all the factors very clean so that the result should be more effective.
So all three are very combined to each other.
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