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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Other than that, Adventure Nannies is open to all prior career backgrounds, including professional athletes, computer programmers, ex-military, published authors, historians, macrobiotic chefs, to name a handful of previous professions. Cristina Goyanes, Marie Claire, "The Coolest Six-Figure Job You Never Thought You Wanted: Nannying," 14 Jan. 2019 Perez, a Columbus High School graduate, started developing the app in 2014 as a side project while working as an airline revenue management programmer. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "After mass shootings, schools turn to Miami-made app to keep out the bad guys," 13 July 2018 Typically, programmers of an event, in this case Turner, and distributors split the pay-per-view revenue generated from viewers buying the pay-per-view event. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Refunds Promised After AT&T Bungled Streaming of Woods vs. Mickelson Golf Match," 24 Nov. 2018 And programmers will get the long asked-for feature of line ending support for Unix/Linux and Macintosh code. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Microsoft Is Finally Updating the Windows Notepad App," 12 July 2018 This allows programmers in different locations to work on the same project in real time, and to track changes and merge updated data. Andrew Silver, Scientific American, "Microsoft’s Purchase of GitHub Leaves Some Scientists Uneasy," 15 June 2018 The city’s most influential arts programmers are simultaneously big-game hunters, flying from Edinburgh to Paris to Santiago in search of the best work, and truffle hounds, digging into the Southland dirt. Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Magazine, "These Venues and Programmers Have Turned L.A. Into a World-Class Performing Arts Town," 13 June 2018 Of the 21 films vying for the Palme d’Or this year, for example, programmers picked only three directed by women. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "Cannes, Where Weinstein Reigned, Reckons With #MeToo Fallout," 15 May 2018 But Halpin said that AIR programmers mistakenly entered a lower percentage into the scoring program, which caused too many questions to be flagged as copied. Patrick O'donnell,, "Computers mis-grade 5,300 state tests after programming error by American Institutes for Research," 6 Apr. 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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