No, they’re not like those guys in the Matrix. No, they’re also not just nerds who sit in their parents’ basements playing video games and messing around with computers. Yes, they are people who make our lives easier and our worlds go ‘round. I’m talking about programmers. What did you think I was talking about?
Programmers are, according to Wikipedia, “a person who writes computer software.” They are, in essence, the reason we can look online to see what time the Starbucks down the street closes, shop for the best-discounted pair of new boots, or check in on the big football game. All of this has to do with being online, which all has to do with programmers.
According to Timeandtable.com, the usual observance of this day and common practices therein are to greet programmers with positive comments (think “Happy Programmers’ Day) in some work environments, and this event is also mentioned among programming communities in online forums and social media.
So next time you use the web, just think about all the people who made it possible for you to have millions of things to do at your fingertips—and instead you just choose to watch squirrels waterskiing.
To learn more about International Programmers’ Day, use the following resources:
International Programmer's Day Webpage
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