January 7, 2015
Happy International Programmers’ Day!
The internet has conflicting results about when International Programmers’ Day is – some say January 7th and others say the 256th day of the year (aka September 13th, or 12th if it’s a leap year). But then I figured, programmers are so amazing and they make everyone’s lives easier, so why not celebrate them even if it isn’t the official day?
Although we may not consciously think about it, we are constantly surrounded by products and processes that were only made possible by the ingenuity and creativity of a programmer. Everything from waking up to the soothing sounds of music from your digital alarm clock, to being able to navigate new lands by simply listening to voice prompts in the language of your choosing on your GPS, is because of programmers. They do more than just program websites, although, it is because of them that we are able to Google anything and everything in a matter of seconds. Seconds! Can you even remember what life was like before Google? For that alone I am so appreciative of the work that programmers and software developers do.
Here’s a quick list of other amazing accomplishments courtesy of programmers:
- Cell phones
- Direct deposit
- Online bill paying
- Microsoft Excel
- Robotic vacuum cleaners
- Video games
- Single serve coffee machines that brew the perfect cup of java
- And so much more
So, if you work with any developers, as I do, take a few minutes to thank them for everything that they do.