Did You Know Today Is ‘The Day of the Programmer’?


    Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland shares Wikipedia’s entry reminding us that this year’s “Day of the Programmer” falls on September 13: The Day of the Programmer is an international professional day that is celebrated on the 256th (hexadecimal 100th, or the 2**8th) day of each year (September 13 during common years and on September 12 in leap years). It is officially recognized in Russia. The number 256 (2**8) was chosen because it is the number of distinct values that can be represented with a byte, a value well known to programmers… In China, the programmer’s day is October 24, which has been established for many years. The date was chosen because it can also be written as 1024, which is equal to 210. It is also consistent regardless of leap years. The original submission suggests we celebrate with “this delightful acoustic version of Code Monkey, which songwriter Jonathan Coulton describes as “how it feels to write software for a living.” But did any Slashdot readers even know today was The Day of the Programmer? Read more of this story at Slashdot.


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