The exceptions—coders who really want nothing more than to follow some formula and take no responsibility for the result—are exactly who interviewers are trying to weed out.
Of course, there are carpenters who are creative craftsmen of the first order.
If a programmer walked into an interview and gave answers this evasive about how many projects he’d done in Java, he’d be an obvious no-hire.
Not having certain experience is one thing; not even knowing what experience you have is another matter entirely.
Given all of the above, the true subtext of this “joke” is that calling yourself a programmer entitles you to a job.