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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In the film, called Bandersnatch, a young English programmer named Stefan tries to adapt a nonlinear fantasy novel into a nonlinear videogame, and the result is itself a nonlinear story in which the viewer exerts influence over the plot. Wired, "Netflix's Carla Engelbrecht Chooses Her Own Adventures," 19 Aug. 2019 City officials have tried to retrofit Denver to accommodate cyclists, sometimes with comedic consequences — witness the bike/car lane schematics in Washington Park, which look like a flow chart generated by a demented programmer. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Make room for cycling, make cycling more visible; Zero-emission vehicles good for some, not others; Who was disparaged, Baltimore or president? (8/4/19)," 5 Aug. 2019 By Kristin Rockaway Review: Kristin Rockaway taps into her own experiences as a former computer programmer to craft this tale of a young woman who codes her way out of a disappointing job and a series of frustrating online dates. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: July romances offer 'knotty' self-discovery," 30 July 2019 Shaun Hollingworth, a fellow encryption programmer, had once told me. Evan Ratliff, WIRED, "Was Bitcoin Created by This International Drug Dealer? Maybe!," 16 July 2019 Seeing his single mom Patty get laid off as a computer programmer at Yum Brands in 2009 was painful and only added to his skepticism. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "How two Louisville college dropouts in their 20s made a mint in Bitcoins," 29 Mar. 2018 Neil Young, also an outdoor programmer, has been with TAP for about two months and is tasked with coming up with new programs. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County Pct. 4’s Trails As Parks offers free outdoor activities," 1 Aug. 2019 Researchers have found that women are often assumed to be worse programmers. Dan Kopf, Quartz at Work, "How R-Ladies made data science inclusive," 24 July 2019 But as researchers and digital rights activists note, the open-source community, made up of amateur and independent programmers, is far more organized around making deepfakes persuasive and thus harder to spot. Fortune, "Fighting Deepfakes Gets Real," 24 July 2019

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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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