pro·​gram·​mer | \ˈprō-ˌgra-mər, -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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New programmers and distribution platforms are offering consumers increasing choices on what and where to watch. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast uses NBC to harm other cable companies, rivals say," 12 Nov. 2018 Not only are cash-rich tech giants like Amazon competing to hire the brightest software engineers, computer programmers and artificial-intelligence experts, so are automotive, banking and retail companies. Shayndi Raice, WSJ, "Amazon Plans to Split HQ2 Evenly Between Two Cities," 5 Nov. 2018 There has long been a healthy intersection between autism and computers, and untold numbers of people on the spectrum have become successful programmers and technicians. Kim Komando, Fox News, "Google Pixel 3, deadly laptops and more: Tech Q&A," 18 Aug. 2018 Then, an algorithm—designed by human programmers and data scientists—processes those images and uses machine learning to analyze them by cross referencing the image to other data sources. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Facial recognition is becoming one of the 21st century’s biggest public space issues," 19 Oct. 2018 Longtime Drafthouse employee Kristen Bell (no relation to the actress of the same name) was promoted to the Executive Director spot, and brought other women programmers and staffers with her to the Fest’s board. Monica Castillo, Marie Claire, "How Fantastic Fest Turned a Scandal Into an Opportunity for Redemption," 3 Oct. 2018 In May 1999, Tele2 published an ad in a daily newspaper calling for competent programmers and offering the hefty sum of 5,000 Estonian kroons (about $330) a day—more than an average Estonian earned in a month at the time. Toivo Tänavsuu, Ars Technica, "“How can they be so good?”: The strange story of Skype," 3 Sep. 2018 The man who led the computing revolution and his wife — a former computer programmer and Microsoft manager — gave money for computers, internet and librarian training. Sally Ho, The Seattle Times, "Bill Gates directs US education funding to local schools," 28 Aug. 2018 That fee is in the midtier range for programmers; more popular sports and entertainment channels average well above $1 per subscriber and some such as Disney’s ESPN get several dollars. Joe Flint, WSJ, "Fox and Comcast on Collision Course over Big Ten Network," 24 July 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, -grə-\

Kids Definition of programmer

: a person who creates and tests programs for computers

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