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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But as the trial progressed, a team of filmmakers took the next logical step: what if Microsoft was literally murdering software programmers? Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Looking back at Antitrust, the movie where Bill Gates murders coders," 7 Sep. 2018 But payments to programmers are a standard expense in any cable TV company's business, and those contribute greatly to the general monthly rates that customers have to pay. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast raises cable TV bills again—even if you’re under contract," 26 Nov. 2018 Earlier on Thursday, Pyles, a programmer at UMBC’s Hilltop Institute, had tearfully watched a broadcast of Hermond’s funeral online. Cody Boteler,, "Heavy Seas Beer raises $4,000 for Ellicott City flood relief," 8 June 2018 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

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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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