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 for toolsmith
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  toolsmith
   n.
  
      The software equivalent of a tool-and-die specialist; one who specializes
      in making the tools with which other programmers create applications.
      Many hackers consider this more fun than applications per se; to understand
      why, see uninteresting. Jon Bentley, in the ?Bumper-Sticker Computer
      Science? chapter of his book More Programming Pearls, quotes Dick Sites
      from DEC as saying ?I'd rather write programs to write programs than
      write programs?.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  toolsmith
  
     The software equivalent of a tool-and-die specialist; one who
     specialises in making the tools with which other programmers
     create applications.  Many hackers consider this more fun than
     applications per se; to understand why, see uninteresting.
     Jon Bentley, in the "Bumper-Sticker Computer Science" chapter
     of his book "More Programming Pearls", quotes Dick Sites from
     DEC as saying "I'd rather write programs to write programs
     than write programs".
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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