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A programmer (also referred to as a computer programmer and software developer) is "the individual who designs and develops computer programs."[1] They "[w]rite, test, and maintain the detailed instructions, called programs, that computers must follow to perform their functions. They also conceive, design and test logical structures for solving problems by computer.[2]


"Users typically write programs in high-level programming languages — such as Java, C, C++, and C# — and then use a compiler to translate the high-level program to native machine instructions."[3]


  1. Auditing and Financial Management: Glossary of EDP Terminology, at 13.
  2. The Economic Impacts of Inadequate Infrastructure for Software Testing (Final Report), at 4-4 (May 2002) (full-text).
  3. The Future of Computing Performance: Game Over or Next Level?, at 60.