Can I say someone is "the author of" a small software / app / game, etc?

Zhi

Senior Member
Chinese
I'm a computer programmer, there are some small software and apps that I created by myself. I often find myself saying "I'm the author of xxx", and of course the listener would understand it, but the meaning of "author" in dictionary is only associated with writing, so is it ok to use it here? I can't find a better word.
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    I agree. You wrote the software, so you were the author of the software text.

    But you spent more time debugging, testing, making it run on various platforms and OSs, etc. None of that counts as part of "author", but all of it counts as developer or creator.
     
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