Happy Programmer Day: The Day of the Programmers

The Day of the Programmer is an international progammer day recognized in many technology based companies and programming firms.Programmer day is celebrated on the 256th  day of each year (September 13 during common years and on September 12 in years leap).

Programmer Day is a day to celebrate Programmers and to thank them for all that they do.

Now you must be wondering ;Why the 256th day?

Well, a byte can have 256 possible values, bytes are very important to programmers. Not because they are required for programs to work, but because the payroll system and Krispy Kreme doughnut cash registers require them.256 is also the highest power of two that is less than 365, the number of days in a common year.

Programmer day is officially recognized in Russia and celebrated in several other countries.

This particular day was proposed by Valentin Balt and Michael Cherviakov, employees of Parallel Technologies (a software company). As early as 2002, they tried to gather signatures for a petition to the government of Russia to recognize the day as the official Day of the Programmer.

On July 24, 2009, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media (Russia) issued a draft of an executive order on a new professional holiday, Day of the Programmer.

On September 11, 2009, President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed the decree.

How is Programmer Day celebrated?

  • Speak in code (or pseudocode) all day
  • Decorate a tree with zeros and ones to make a binary tree
  • Make Happy Programmer Day cards using ASCII art
  • Have a contest for the BEST BINARY pun / programming joke
  • Have a programmer themed cocktail 

Keep Coding Spread the bytes of Happiness.

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