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Programmers are playing an increasingly important role in the world these days. Whether it’s creating commercial enterprise software for corporations or free apps for our mobile phones, those who can write code are helping drive the economy and, seemingly, just about every other aspects of our lives today. But, to many of us who aren’t software engineers, programmers are a bit of a mystery. Luckily, this past year provided us with a number of stories, studies and tidbits about software developers to help fill in some of the gaps. Click on the Next arrow above to read 13 things we learned about this mysterious species of worker in 2014.
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