Definitions for programmerˈproʊ græm ər

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word programmer

Princeton's WordNet

  1. programmer, computer programmer, coder, software engineer(noun)

    a person who designs and writes and tests computer programs

Wiktionary

  1. programmer(Noun)

    One who writes computer programs; a software developer.

  2. programmer(Noun)

    One who decides which programs will be shown on a television station.

  3. programmer(Noun)

    A device that installs a software program into some other machine.

  4. programmer(Noun)

    A short film feature as part of a longer film program, a "B-movie" (now rare)

Freebase

  1. Programmer

    A programmer, computer programmer, developer, coder, or software engineer is a person who writes computer software. The term computer programmer can refer to a specialist in one area of computer programming or to a generalist who writes code for many kinds of software. One who practices or professes a formal approach to programming may also be known as a programmer analyst. A programmer's primary computer language is often prefixed to the above titles, and those who work in a Web environment often prefix their titles with Web. The term programmer can be used to refer to a software developer, Web Developer, Mobile Applications Developer, Embedded Firmware Developer, software engineer, computer scientist, or software analyst. However, members of these professions typically possess other software engineering skills, beyond programming; for this reason, the term programmer, or code monkey, is sometimes considered an insulting or derogatory oversimplification of these other professions. This has sparked much debate amongst developers, analysts, computer scientists, programmers, and outsiders who continue to be puzzled at the subtle differences in the definitions of these occupations.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kedar Joshi:

    Man is programmed to find the programmer.

  2. Guy L. Steele Jr., Tartan Laboratories:

    If the programmer can simulate a construct faster then the compiler can implement the construct itself, then the compiler writer has blown it badly.

  3. Joseph Weizenbaum:

    The computer programmer is a creator of universes for which he alone is responsible. Universes of virtually unlimited complexity can be created in the form of computer programs.

  4. National Action Network:

    Comcast has engaged in good faith negotiations with this programmer for many years. It is disappointing that they have decided to file a frivolous lawsuit. We will defend vigorously against the scurrilous allegations in this complaint and fully expect that the court will dismiss them.

  5. Gerald Weinberg, "The Psychology of Computer Programming":

    We have come through a strange cycle in programming, starting with the creation of programming itself as a human activity. Executives with the tiniest smattering of knowledge assume that anyone can write a program, and only now are programmers beginning to win their battle for recognition as true professionals. Not just anyone, with any background, or any training, can do a fine job of programming. Programmers know this, but then why is it that they think that anyone picked off the street can do documentation? One has only to spend an hour looking at papers written by graduate students to realize the extent to which the ability to communicate is not universally held. And so, when we speak about computer program documentation, we are not speaking about the psychology of computer programming at all - except insofar as programmers have the illusion that anyone can do a good job of documentation, provided he is not smart enough to be a programmer.


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