On the 256th day of the year, the Day of the Programmer honors the innovators who continue to change the world, one program at a time. 

Also known as International Programmers Day, this day is celebrated based on binary code. The number 256 is distinct to programmers. Represented by an eight-bit byte 256 equals 2 to the eighth power.  This digit makes it the highest power of two that is less than 365. When translated to binary code, the day reads 1 0000 0000.

The day honors programmers around the world. There is hardly a person in the civilized world who does not benefit from the tools of the programmer. Whether we look toward transportation or medicine, finance or education, programming influences all them. Nearly every major business requires programmers to maintain their infrastructure from an IT standpoint. Telecommunications continues advancing thanks to programmers. The automobile industry relies on programmers for the latest brands to roll off the assembly lines. Security, society, and entertainment look to programmers for the latest in protection, design, and innovation.


In 2002, Russian programmers Valentin Balt and Michael Cherviakov of Parallel Technologies gathered signatures in the hope the Russian government would declare Day of the Programmers.  It wasn’t until 2009 that the Ministry of Mass Media and Communications of Russia announced the official holiday. President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia signed the bill in honor of computer programmers on September 11, 2009.

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HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfTheProgrammer

Pay tribute to programmers or learn more about programming. If you have an interest, consider pursuing a career. Technology careers continue to grow in every sector.

  • Attend or host a job fair. 
  • Develop your programming skills.
  • Take courses to boost your career.
  • Mentor someone interested in programming. 
  • Share some quirky programming puns. Yes, puns. We know you love pressing F5. It’s so refreshing. 

Share your experiences as a programmer and post on social media using #DayoftheProgrammer to show your appreciation.


Jennifer lives happily in North Florida with her husband Scott and after a stroke and two brain surgeries her mom. While not blessed with children they dote on their four legged children four cats. I started writing after spinal surgery required second round of physical therapy to learn to walk yet again. While reading is a favorite hobby writing is something new with the launch of this blog and hopefully a fiction novel in the future.


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