Today is International Programmers Day, a day to honour the work of programmers around the world and their contribution to society.
This is of interest to Delphi Steel Buildings because our Director, Rory MacLeod, is a computer programmer and lecturer. The bones of our business run on highly sophisticated programmes that Rory developed. These have brought our systems for design, order and delivery of Industrial Steel Buildings into a league of their own.
However, we all have reason to thank programmers because we simply would not be living in a modern world without them: no computers; no phones with instructions (software/application); primitive medical techniques and equipment that need manual operation; no calculators; manual navigation systems (would YOU get on that plane?!); no satellites; no e-Business and e-Marketing worldwide; no proper military defence system.
We really do have a lot to thank programmers for and with technology only becoming more and more advanced we will always need them. Coding has become part of the curriculum in around 15 European countries, and that is for primary age children – starting them young!
A number of benefits of learning programming young have been identified. This includes excellent career prospects with high salaries, gaining personal control over tech, and building problem solving skills, critical thinking and persistence.
With that in mind we just had to look into who are the youngest programmers in the UK. These guys are amazing, check this out!
International Programmers Day was officially started in 2007. Today is the 256th day of the year (usually on the 13th of Sept but this is a leapyear) and was chosen because “256” (28) is the number of distinct values that can be represented with an 8-bit byte. 256 is also the highest power of 2 that is less than 365, the number of days in a year.