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It Is Programmer Day - Why So Apathetic? 241

mikejuk writes: Programmers Day comes around every year and yet each year it seems to be increasingly ignored. Why, when we are trying to encourage children to take up all things computing, is Programmers Day such a big flop? If you've not encountered it before, the idea is that on a specific day we celebrate computer programmers. It is designated to be on the 256th day of the year, which in most years is September 13th and this year, 2015, it falls on a Sunday. If you don't know why it's the 256th day, then you probably aren't a programmer and there is no point in explaining. The usual suggestions for things to do on programmer day include telling jokes and other fairly lame stuff. How about instead: Teach someone to program just a little bit.
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It Is Programmer Day - Why So Apathetic?

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  • When (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Intrepid imaginaut ( 1970940 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @02:59PM (#50514465)

    When is Plumber Day? Car Mechanic Day? Kindergarten Teacher Day maybe?

    What?

    • When is Plumber Day? Car Mechanic Day? Kindergarten Teacher Day maybe?

      What?

      They all probably do exist - but it's a silly construct that deserves to be ignored.

      Plus it's doubly dumb to have such a day fall on a Sunday, when most programmers won't be working (nor will their coworkers, so there can't even be any silly hallway banter about it).

      • by Quirkz ( 1206400 )

        Well, I'm not a programmer by profession, but (by total coincidence) I spent a good chunk of yesterday doing some hobby programming. Unintentional celebration for the win?

    • Re:When (Score:5, Informative)

      by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @03:19PM (#50514625) Journal

      When is Plumber Day?

      April 25th [daysoftheyear.com].

      Car Mechanic Day?

      November 15th [facebook.com].

      Kindergarten Teacher Day

      Teacher day, may 5th and 6th [nea.org].

      It's hard to take an 'appreciation day' seriously. I do my job, I get paid. I don't feel unappreciated. Pie day is cool, because pies taste good.

      • And most people have never heard of those days either. I've never heard of anyone celebrating it or even mentioning Programmer Day in many years working in the field.
    • Programmer's day is just more hype from Hallmark and American Greetings and another attempt to sell a lot of greeting cards.
      • Seems likely. America has sunk into a morass of greed. Medical doctors' every decision is colored by considerations of profit, Madison Avenue is ever seeking more ways to manipulate people into parting with their money, and our government has been captured by profiteering special interests. There is no aspect of our American Dream lives that hasn't been warped by this. Your house isn't complete until the lawn is a perfect monoculture, you have a security system with a monthly fee, double pane windows, w

        • Re:Hallmark hype (Score:5, Insightful)

          by Grishnakh ( 216268 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @08:37PM (#50515959)

          Your house isn't complete until the lawn is a perfect monoculture, you have a security system with a monthly fee, double pane windows, water filters, Ronco Turnip Twaddlers and a chic set of stainless steel cookware with copper bottoms now that teflon is bad, a king sized water bed, a 72 inch flat screen TV and a surround sound system, etc.

          WTF is wrong with double-pane windows? They're an absolutely huge improvement over old windows in insulating your house. Do you like paying higher utility bills or something?

          And what's wrong with stainless steel cookware with copper layers? It conducts heat better (meaning better and more even cooking), and it's easy to clean since you can take steel wool or even oven cleaner to it if you really need to. You can even get a nice set for a mere $100 these days.

          And what's wrong with water filters? Tap water in many places tastes like shit.

          Water bed? I haven't seen one of those in ages. Who the fuck still has a water bed? Those things went out with the 80s.

          Clotheslines project such a negative, impoverished image that they are severely discouraged, and everyone must use a power hungry clothes dryer instead.

          Clotheslines are nearly useless in places where the humidity is high.

          Turn the heat setting down on your dryer to save energy and help your clothes last longer.

          Red light cameras can increase safety

          No, they don't. They don't look to see if the person maybe ran the light because some asshole was tailgating them and they were sure they'd be rear-ended if they slammed on the brakes to stop for the light in time.

          The rest of your assessment mostly spot-on, except the bit about doctors. I think that may be a problem with some doctors, but most doctors don't have any way of profiting from prescribing drugs; they give you a piece of paper and you take it to Walgreens, who profits from selling it to you. Walgreens isn't giving them a kickback. The insurance company (who pays the doctor) sure isn't giving them a kickback, because the insurance company would prefer they didn't prescribe you anything, because that just costs them more money. And I have a hard time believing the pharma companies have some way to kickback to the doctors.

          • Clotheslines are nearly useless in places where the humidity is high.

            Friend of mine moved to the US recently. Seems that the GP was right, hanging out your clothes is discouraged, and not for any sensible reason.

            They don't look to see if the person maybe ran the light because some asshole was tailgating them and they were sure they'd be rear-ended if they slammed on the brakes to stop for the light in time.

            If you have to 'slam on the breaks' to stop for a red light, then either the lights changed once you were close enough to the lights to not trigger the camera, or you're driving too fast. So either you don't get a ticket, or you do because you were breaking the speed limit. Seems ok to me.

          • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

            Tap water in many places tastes like shit.

            I think there may be an error in your plumbing.

          • There's nothing inherently wrong with double pane windows. They're a big improvement over single pane. And I like saving energy. The problem is retrofitting them. I've had these door-to-door salespeople pitch this idea. The lowest price they could manage was $10,000, for 2 sliding glass doors and 10 windows. I've run the numbers. We use about $1500 per year in electricity and gas. Approximately half of that is for heating and cooling, so $750. Their claim of 50% reduction in heating and cooling cos

            • The $10K window job costs that much because you need to pay these scammers lots of money in profit for going door-to-door and suckering people for something that'd cost a fraction as much from a normal window business or Home Depot.

              You can also do the job yourself; it isn't that hard, and the windows themselves are actually pretty cheap.

              But yeah, don't do an upgrade if it isn't going to pay for itself in a reasonable amount of time. And be suspicious of those claims about how much reduction in heating and

    • When is Plumber Day? Car Mechanic Day? Kindergarten Teacher Day maybe?

      What?

      Today is also Grandparent's day, which makes today doubly special for me. Started on punched cards. Get off my lawn.

    • by antdude ( 79039 )

      What about grandparent's day, the 13th? :P

  • by DoofusOfDeath ( 636671 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @03:01PM (#50514477)

    Why, when we are trying to encourage children to take up all things computing, is Programmers Day such a big flop?

    Um, because the set of "${X} days/months" is a meaningless, stupid concept, curated by people without any meaningful claim to authority or unusual credibility?

    This article's premise is about as sensical as asking why everyone named "Frank" isn't celebrating the fact that I live in North America.

    • Why, when we are trying to encourage children to take up all things computing, is Programmers Day such a big flop?

      Um, because the set of "${X} days/months" is a meaningless, stupid concept, curated by people without any meaningful claim to authority or unusual credibility?

      This article's premise is about as sensical as asking why everyone named "Frank" isn't celebrating the fact that I live in North America.

      Come to think of it... why not do that?

      I like several people named Frank. Who's in?

  • 256th (Score:5, Funny)

    by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @03:01PM (#50514481) Homepage Journal

    Is that 256 counting from 0 or from 1?

    • Byte me, you pendant.

  • by PvtVoid ( 1252388 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @03:05PM (#50514511)

    Amazon doesn't let me take days off.

  • Because... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by davester666 ( 731373 )

    we're all at work. Otherwise, we'll be replaced by several H1B's.

  • by Ol Olsoc ( 1175323 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @03:06PM (#50514525)
    Programmers day ain't official until Hallmark makes a card for it.
  • by darkain ( 749283 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @03:08PM (#50514547) Homepage

    It is mostly ignored because of the condescending attitude that too many programmers have. We're supposed to be encouraging young people to get into programming, and in the same breath belittle people who dont understand why it would be on the 256th day of the year?

    I'm going to link an obligatory XKCD reference now: https://xkcd.com/1053/ [xkcd.com]

    • by Kjella ( 173770 )

      It is mostly ignored because of the condescending attitude that too many programmers have. We're supposed to be encouraging young people to get into programming, and in the same breath belittle people who dont understand why it would be on the 256th day of the year?

      That assumes programming is a kind of "no child left behind" skill that we should get everybody into. Just judging by the trouble some people have using a computer, I wouldn't want to touch anything they've created with a ten foot pole. Sure a few basics won't hurt the way a little economics to manage your own finances won't hurt no matter what walk of life you end up in, but most will never be able to write code at a professional level. Believe it or not, there are worse things to be ignorant about than th

      • by MacTO ( 1161105 )

        Given how much modern society depends upon computers, it would be a good thing if there was more exposure. To use your example of managing finances, a little knowledge of programming can enable people to use spreadsheets more effectively. Likewise, a little knowledge of computer architecture can help people make their electronics purchasing decisions more effectively.

        Then again, programmer appreciation day isn't about encouraging people to write professional level code (or even amateurish code). It is ab

      • by sapped ( 208174 )

        Just judging by the trouble some people have using a computer, I wouldn't want to touch anything they've created with a ten foot pole.

        In their defense it would be pretty hard typing anything on a computer using a ten foot pole...

  • by turkeydance ( 1266624 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @03:15PM (#50514599)
    ... then you probably aren't a programmer and there is no point in explaining." THAT explains a lot.
    • by prefec2 ( 875483 )

      Exactly, it is rude and impolite. I am not sure if that is the right strategy to help bring people to programming and science. In addition such a special day is in general not helping. If more people should pick up programming or any other engineering field, give more poor people access to engineering disciplines at university. As usually people from such background tend to go more likely into engineering than to some arts stuff.

  • so some guys on a forum somewhere made this nonsense up? and then they wonder why no one is jumping aboard their little game?

    maybe there is a butcher's day? a mechanic's day? no? or no one gives a shit?

    • hah, got arsed enough to look it up on wikipedia, not even the pathetic "pedigree" I had imagined. Six years ago couple of russki code monkeys got enough signatures and the "MinComSvyaz" (the george orwell-esque slang they use for Ministry of Telecom and Communications) approved it. nuff sed

  • See the logo. 1111 1111.
    This is NOT 256d. The whole point of 256d is, that it is 100000000b and thus a round number.
    They seem to be no programmers either.

  • Merry cache miss.
  • by viperidaenz ( 2515578 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @04:28PM (#50514969)

    1111 1111 represents 255. Celebrate Programmer Day on September 13th, the 256th day of the year.

    Suggested topic of conversation: Off by one errors.

  • It's because no-one can decide whether it's "Programmer Day", "Programmer's Day", or "Programmers Day".

  • and say that with a goodly number of programming jobs being outsourced, there is little to celebrate or feel appreciated about being a programmer.
  • Your appreciation for your job is shown by the dollar amount on your paycheck. If that's not enough, start looking for a new job.

  • Besides, everyone knows that System Administrator appreciation day is July 29th.

    And programmers and those other computer people are just considered one and the same.

    Also, if it makes you feel any better... then just call it Developer / Operators Day, or DevOps day.

  • I'm going to give the private key ring to my Nigerian girlfriend.

  • Programmer's day? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by AndyKron ( 937105 )
    We should have a day for the people who make my life miserable by filling it with endless updates to fix their poorly written software?
    • by mwvdlee ( 775178 )

      Well... september 14th in 2000, Windows ME was released.
      I find it ironic that programmers' day is the day before Windows ME release day.

  • by msobkow ( 48369 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @07:10PM (#50515661) Homepage Journal

    I ignore all "so and so's" days. And weeks. And months.

    Everyone wants to stand out and be treated special for doing what they normally do. It doesn't work that way. Being "normal" isn't "standout" in any way, size, shape, or form.

    You are who you are and you don't deserve special treatment that others don't get.

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Some of these events serve as useful ways to organize multiple groups into doing events together. They are not trying to gain recognition, simply trying to organize. It's just journalists with nothing better to write about who make it into some big deal.

  • Sure we care (Score:5, Interesting)

    by argStyopa ( 232550 ) on Sunday September 13, 2015 @07:32PM (#50515757) Journal

    I give it precisely the same attention/respect that I do for national blueberry day and national "dress up your pet" day.

  • I'm not trying to encourage children to take up programming. The only child I ever mentioned computer programming to was when my dental hygienist told me her son was extremely good at math, and autistic with problems communicating with people.

    In my six years of programming professionally, two and a half years in graduate school, and four years as an undergrad, I think I've encouraged maybe three people to become programmers. Most people do not have any kind of analytical inclination, and the amount of time

    • Anyone that has actively worked inside computer code knows the damage that can be done when someone with the wrong level of understanding starts modifying code.

      I apologize, boss. Wait, Brad? That's not you? How do you know so much about me then?

    • I didn't push my son into it. He went into college planning to become a mechanical or electrical engineer, took an introductory programming course, and changed his major to Computer Science. Honest.

  • by skurken ( 58262 ) on Monday September 14, 2015 @01:19AM (#50516855)

    One reason for people's apathy could be that the actual "Programmer's Day" is Oct 31st, also known as Programmer's X-mas because, as you're all aware, 31 Oct == 25 Dec. This has been celebrated in Sweden for a long time, since the 18th century in fact, and considered so important that Oct 31st is Edit's name day[1].

    [1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_name_day_list_of_2001

  • For real programmers, everyday is programmers day!

    This supposed 'holiday" can be likened to Earth Day - which also should be everyday - but is only one day per year.

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