Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Programmers

Posted by Nadine Segal • September 11, 2014 at 02:15 PM

…But were too afraid to ask

Programmer at computer

September 13th is Programmers’ Day, a day to celebrate programmers around the world for all they do.

In celebration, here is a little bit about programmers.

Let start with the basics, what is a programmer? What do programmers do? Programmers write computer software. They use computer languages or code, to create the software. A programmer can work with a single language type, or multiple. Some examples of computer languages are C++, Java and Python. The coding language allows the programmer to tell the computer exactly what it should do.

If you are interested in programming and want to learn how to code, there numerous websites to help you get started. A great site to get started with is Codecademy.com. It certainly isn’t easy, but you may find a passion for programming.

If you think the coding is only for men, you are wrong. Not only are there brilliant female programmers out there, there are many incentives to help women learn programming and progress in it. One of the many is the organization Girls Who Code, they are working hard to help women in technology.

Programmers’ Day is celebrated on the 256th day of the year. Why? The number 256 is a significant number to programmers, as it is the number of possible values for a 8 bit byte.

Even if you don’t know what a byte is, you can still feel like a programmer on Programmers’ Day with the help of programs and apps like IFTTT. IFTTT stands for “If This Than That” and it isĀ  allows you to create “recipes” where if something happens on one application it will trigger a reaction in another application. For instance you can create a recipe that if you take pictures on your iPhone you can automatically have that photo added to Flickr.

Happy Programmers’ Day to all the programmers out there, especially to out programmers here at Torch.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.