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.

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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. Compare card walloper; contrast hacker,
Real Programmer.