International Shareware Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in December every year. This holiday is a way of showing acknowledgement and appreciation to the unsung heroes of the programming world: the developers and programmers who spend hours at their computers and whose work often goes unrecognized.
The origin of International Shareware Day is unknown, but it is likely that it was created by a programmer. When downloading certain applications and software, a shareware period is provided for users to get to know the program in more detail before deciding to pay for it or remove it. The holiday is meant to raise awareness of the fact that programmers spend hours of their time working on programs and should receive payment for their work.
Here are a few facts about programmers:
- Traditionally, they are mostly men, with only 1% of the total being women.
- Most programmers are younger than 45 years old.
- They are in demand all over the world.
- They are involved in development, but not in the repair of devices, contrary to common stereotypes.
How to take part
There are several ways to take part in International Shareware Day. Consider purchasing a licensed program as a way of supporting the work of the programmer. Alternatively, you can make a donation to a programmer or post words of gratitude to everyone involved in the profession.
When is International Shareware Day celebrated in 2023?
International Shareware Day is observed on the second Saturday of December each year.