The Day of the Programmer

Computer programs can be found in every area of life and work. You constantly work with programs, whether it is telecommunications, online banking, or your business IT infrastructure. So let’s show the people behind these pieces of code a well-deserved appreciation and celebrate the Day of the Programmer!

Every year on the 256th day, we celebrate the Day of the Programmer. This day falls on September 13 during common years and September 12 in leap years. 256 (or 28) is the number of distinct values represented with a byte. In 2002, two Russian programmers, Valentin Balt and Michael Cherviakov, chose this number while gathering signatures for a petition to the Russian government. With the petition, they wanted to convince their government to recognize this day as the Day of the Programmer. They succeeded, but only seven years later, in 2009, it became an official holiday.

Programming history 101

The first ‘computer program’ was initially written in 1842 for Charles Babbage’s analytical engine. At the time, the programs and data had to be provided to the machine via punch cards. Ada Lovelace, a British countess, and mathematician, was the first to publish a part of this algorithm and is, therefore, considered the first programmer. Over 100 years later, in the early 1960s, computers were sold in mass-produced quantities for the first time, leading to the expansion of the software industry. Then, in the mid-1970s, the demand for software increased significantly due to the rise of personal computers.

Nowadays, computers and software have a significant impact on basically everything. They improve our everyday lives by facilitating many tasks and making workplaces and resources more accessible. Technology careers like software development, network administration, and information technology management continue to grow. Programmers are the digital pioneers of our time, and they change the world by developing solutions for education, transportation, security, and so much more.

In a nutshell, you could say that the programmer’s job consists of writing code, testing, and debugging it. But their tasks go far beyond that: solving problems, developing new ideas, and saving the world from chaos. For this reason, we should not forget to celebrate this day and thank our programmers for their excellent work:

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