pro·​gram·​mer | \ ˈprō-ˌgra-mər How to pronounce programmer (audio) , -grə-\
variants: or less commonly programer

Definition of programmer

: one that programs: such as
a : a person who prepares and tests programs for devices (such as computers)
b : one that programs a mechanism
c : one that prepares an instructional program
d : a person who plans or prepares entertainment programs a television programmer

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The workers alliance, also known as WashTech, represents computer programmers and argues that OPT participants compete against U.S. tech workers for jobs. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "H-1B: Judge revives lawsuit seeking to kill foreign-student work permit, allows input from Big Tech and outsourcers," 5 July 2019 But earlier this year, the founder of the free streaming site Le Cinéma Club, Marie Louise Khondji, and her co-programmer, Bingham Bryant, found and bought a Japanese VHS version on eBay. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream This Weekend: A Claire Denis Car Commercial, Rescued from Obscurity," 14 June 2019 In 2017, a programmer for the Multi-State Lottery Association got up to 25 years in prison for rigging a computer program to enable him to pick winning numbers in games in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011. Bob Christie, The Seattle Times, "Growing number of states move to shield lottery winners," 13 Apr. 2019 During her freshman year, Stephanie Tena, a 16-year-old programmer, was searching the internet for coding programs and came across a website for an organization called AI4All, which runs an artificial-intelligence summer camp for high-schoolers. Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic, "The Future of AI Depends on High-School Girls," 23 May 2018 In other words, the AI doesn't ultimately decide what makes a good picture; its programmers, informed by photography experts, do. David Pogue, Scientific American, "The “Clips” Camera Just Might Be the Weirdest Product Ever," 1 May 2018 And the higher-income jobs that are created, like software programmers, require skills that those who have been laid off simply don't have. Raghuram Rajan For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "We can't rely on national governments to save failing communities. It's time for a new approach," 18 June 2019 His father is a senior computer programmer in Jerusalem for the Israeli government’s land-allocation department. New York Times, "Marnita Robertson, Yigal Rechtman," 20 May 2018 There was one programmer in New York who really helped me by programming my crazy movies in an Asian-American film fest. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film An interview with Jon Moritsugu, director of Mod Fuck Explosion," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of programmer

1875, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of programmer

: a person who creates computer programs


pro·​gram·​mer | \ ˈprō-ˌgra-mər How to pronounce programmer (audio) , -grə-\

Kids Definition of programmer

: a person who creates and tests programs for computers

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