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2 definitions found
 for code grinder
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  code grinder
   n.
  
      1. A suit-wearing minion of the sort hired in legion strength by banks
      and insurance companies to implement payroll packages in RPG and other such
      unspeakable horrors. In its native habitat, the code grinder often removes
      the suit jacket to reveal an underplumage consisting of button-down shirt
      (starch optional) and a tie. In times of dire stress, the sleeves (if long)
      may be rolled up and the tie loosened about half an inch. It seldom helps.
      The code grinder's milieu is about as far from hackerdom as one can get
      and still touch a computer; the term connotes pity. See Real World, suit
      .
  
      2. Used of or to a hacker, a really serious slur on the person's creative
      ability; connotes a design style characterized by primitive technique,
      rule-boundedness, brute force, and utter lack of imagination.
  
      Contrast hacker, Real Programmer.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  code grinder
  
      A suit-wearing minion of the sort hired in
     legion strength by banks and insurance companies in the Real
     World to implement payroll packages in RPG and other such
     unspeakable horrors.  In its native habitat, the code grinder
     often removes the suit jacket to reveal an underplumage
     consisting of button-down shirt (starch optional) and a tie.
     In times of dire stress, the sleeves (if long) may be rolled
     up and the tie loosened about half an inch.  It seldom helps.
     The code grinder's milieu is about as far from hackerdom as
     one can get and still touch a computer; the term connotes
     pity.
  
     Used of or to a hacker, this term is a really serious slur
     on the person's creative ability; it connotes a design style
     characterised by primitive technique, rule-boundedness, brute
     force and utter lack of imagination.
  
     Compare card walloper.  Contrast real programmer.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1994-11-11)
  

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