Job Title

September 29, 2005

code monkeyI was going to put “software engineer” on my business cards, but was told that it was too boring — there is a tradition at Apple to make up your own job title. So I thought I would make it “Programmer-Engineer-Thing”. But then a co-worker showed me his, which I like far better: “Sr. Code Monkey”.

I don’t want to copy his, but I am no longer satisfied with my original idea. So now I eagerly await your suggestions…

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

38 responses to Job Title

  1. Wow, that was neat! The only other thing I can think of is “Byte Junkie.” Or if you want to sound versatile, “Byte Junkie, etc.” But no logo to go with it.

  2. at least it sounds like “monkey” hah!

  3. Master of Code Fu
    (or Code Foo)
    Servant of the Programming Overlords
    Software Engineer (who likes pie)
    20 PRINT “I AM A ” A$
    30 END
    The “All Your Code Are Belong To Me” Guy
    Yo, yo, yo! I *am* the Mac Daddy!
    Code Artiste
    And, in honor of last night:
    Code Ninja
    Code Pirate
    Code Zombie

  4. What do you think of
    “Purveyor of all that is coded”

  5. Those all sound too pretentious.
    How about President?

  6. I am always partial to “evil overlord”, but maybe that’s more me than you…
    There’s “Zool” (as in “there is no God, only Zool”).
    You could simply put “codeliscious”.
    and then again, “sardonic code warrior” really does make a point…
    Let us know what you decide.

  7. “Code, Incarnate”

  8. I’m not going to contribute a suggestion, because I can’t think of anything, but man! Apple sounds like a really cool place to work.
    I like Master of Code Fu.

  9. Code Stategerist?
    Actually, based on the last cleanup job you did, I’d call you a Code Janitor 🙂

  10. Did you want “code” to be in there? :-/

  11. 1 2 installer

  12. “Particle Physicist, Rock Star, Neurosurgeon, etc.”

  13. Um, how about “Priest in the temple of Unix” or “At the right hand of Jobs” or “Software Convergence Engineer”?

  14. My personal title that I’ve used for the few times that I’ve gotten to choose my title has been “Binary Composer”. So don’t steal that one 😉
    How obscure do you want to go?
    char title[] = { 103, 110, 111, 105, 106, 32, 107, 105, 105, 113, 32, 0};
    or you could go British (as in a titled noble)
    Lord Jon Marquis of Code
    or just plain
    Sir (or Master)
    Getting lame so I’m going to stop now….

  15. or instead of “Code” using something different…
    Silicon Ninja? Silicon Pirate?
    Object Orienteer?

  16. i like mac daddy a lot, but it’s probably been done to death.

  17. Sir Fix-A-Lot
    “I Like Big Bugs and I cannot lie..!”

  18. Jon, Aki has gone insaine. It’s not his fault really, he just got married. Anyway, just pretend taht last comment didn’t happen… Jesus teaches us to forgive, right? 😉

  19. WOW! So many comments already! Amusing titles too. “Silicon Pirate” totally made me laugh. Very nice Mr. Dave!
    I hope Jon doesn’t end up with “Code Red”.. =/

  20. Silicon Samurai
    “The Dynamic Uno!”
    Waiting on lots of builds today….

  21. Sir Hackalot
    Licensed Hacker
    Coder of the Holy Grail
    Programming Underwriter
    Man Behind the Curtain

  22. Create Your own if you like
    I like “Forward Functionality Producer” or “Senior Paradigm Orchestrator”

  23. another, slightly dated, thought —
    Binary Battalion Commander

  24. Here are a few more, in no particular order:
    International Man of Mystery,
    Advocate of Order and Reason,
    Necessary Evil,
    Holistic Debugger,
    … and my current business card title:
    Mr Right Now

  25. Ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh! I like “Necessary Evil”!!!

  26. **Marching around chanting “Necessary Ev-il! Necessary Ev-il!” in hopes that Jon hasn’t picked on yet…**

  27. oh be still my heart – was that a Buckaroo Banzai mention up there by randall? (sorry Jon – it’s not always about you! LOL)
    Anyway, how about “Flying Spaghetti Monster of All That Is Mac”?

  28. Piggybacking on Jan’s, how would it be if you used “Mac and Me”?

  29. Just here reading and laughing! 😀

  30. doulos slave, IWORK doulos… its the greek word for slave.. i’m sure there are lots cofo combinations of it….

  31. My suggestions:
    1. Dominus Functator
    2. Freelance Heating Engineer

  32. Yep, that was a BB reference, good catch Jan! I wondered if anyone would 😉 It was a toss up between that or “Oscillation Overthruster Engineer” but I thought that would be too obvious.

  33. how about “minister of macros”…”pastor of programming”…”levite of log-on”…”maximus programius”?

  34. Jon, so which one did you choose??? C’mon ya gotta tell us!!!

  35. JON!
    You are totally killing us with this! Will you put out with the decision already????

  36. I was actually hoping to post an image from the real thing, whenever I get them…

  37. Yeah, ok… I have waited nearly a month. Jon, I beg of you, for all that is good and funny in the world, tell us!