Programmer's Day - a modern professional holiday

More recently, computer scientists unofficially celebrated Day of the programmer on February 14 and in the pages of the Internet there were funny caricatures devoted to this holiday.It was dedicated just to all who work in the extensive use of computer technology, as after graduation in 1946 the world's first computer was not yet invented an official holiday, during which hosts a variety of official events for the "workers of the keyboard."


In the past decade, the day programmer unofficially celebrated in other states.Among computer users know two dates.One of them - it is 10 December, when the first programmer named Ada Byron in August to celebrate his birthday.Although she lived in the XIX century, the woman was able to predict the appearance of computers able to perform calculations, and play graphics and sound, and coined the term "cycle" and "work cell".

employees in the Catholic world "keyboard and mouse" was celebrated their professional holiday on April 4 after an error Web-prog

rammer, which is now assigned to code 404. This day is also connected with the revered Catholic St. Isidore of Seville, is the patron saint of usersInternet and programmers.

informal celebration

Domestic computer scientists celebrated the programmer in Russia on April 22 in honor of one of the encodings of the specialty, because then the profession had a code of 2204. In the future, the idea of ​​a professional holiday for people who do not see their lives without a computer,It was developed in 1996.Its advanced Mendrelyuk Dmitry, head of the publishing center called "Computerra" by offering an event to celebrate the 256 th day of the year, which usually falls in mid-September.

Why programmer Day should be celebrated precisely in the 256-day?This number was chosen not by chance, because this combination can easily be expressed using vosmiryadnogo bytes.On the other hand, this number is a maximum value of 2 degrees, which is smaller than the total number of days in the year.And in a normal year, the date becomes September 13, but in a leap year day programmer has planned to celebrate the 12th September.

In 2002 alone, Valentine Balta, employee of one of the most popular web studios, able to organize the collection of signatures for the subsequent appeals to the government that it has recognized the 256th day of the year as the official date of the professional holiday of programmers and software developers.

Way to the official celebration

Valentine Balta's efforts have been successful, since the idea to celebrate the Day of the programmer within a day supported by a large number of computer users, among which included a considerable number of programmers.As a result, the first presidential decree, based on which today is the day of the programmer, was handed over to the government in July 2009, and by 11 September, Dmitry Medvedev has already made a concrete decision.

Experts of the Ministry of Communications have thoroughly studied the documentation, held the necessary consultations with the associations operating in the Russian trade unions, employers' associations consulted Russoft and APKIT.They take into account the importance and the role of the scope of the release of high-quality software for the country, as well as a significant contribution to the development of Russian programmers in the industry.So, after the approval of the Ministry of Communications Bill, the President signed the decree, and in Russia, a new and rather unusual official holiday.

Now, programmers and employees of the computer industry will be able to celebrate their professional day was in the 265th day of the year, as originally planned, because this date was supported by the president, and the various relevant organizations.