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Programmers’ Day


Programmers’ Day (Russian: День программи́ста) is an international professional holiday, recognized in many technology companies and programming firms,[citation needed] that is celebrated on the 256th (hexadecimal 100th or (2^8)th) day of each year (September 13 during common years and on September 12 in leap years). It is also officially recognized in Russia[1][2] and observed in several other countries, including China, Croatia, Guatemala, France, India, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.[citation needed]

The number 256 (28) was chosen because it is the number of distinct values that can be represented with an eight-bit byte, a value well-known to programmers.[3] 256 is the highest power of two that is less than 365, the number of days in a common year.

Official recognition

This particular day was proposed by Valentin Balt, an employee of Parallel Technologies web design company. As early as 2002, he tried to gather signatures for a petition to the government of Russia to recognize the day as the official programmers’ day.[4]

On July 24, 2009, the Ministry of Mass Communications of Russia issued a draft of an executive order on a new professional holiday, Programmers’ Day.[5][6]

On September 11, 2009, President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed the decree.[2][7]

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