Browse Definitions:
Definition

brogrammer

Contributor(s): Ivy Wigmore

A brogrammer is a male programmer with traits often associated with fraternity brothers (bros) rather than those associated with the coder's stereotypical geeky or nerdy persona.

The term is a portmanteau of bro, a short form of brother, and programmer. The typical bro is young, male, white, middle-class and heterosexual. NPR conducted a Twitter survey and decided on four dominant traits of bros: stonerish-ness, dude-liness, preppiness and jockishness. They further stated that the terms didn't imply, for example, that a bro used drugs but that he had a stoner-like or surfer-type element to his persona. Likewise, preppiness may be manifested mainly through wardrobe choices.

On Quora, the question of how a programmer becomes a brogrammer received this response (among others):

"Lots of red meat, push-ups on one hand, while coding on the other, sunglasses at all times, a tan is important, popped collar is a must. It's important that you can squash anyone who might call you 'geek' or 'nerd' and that you can pick up girls, but also equally important that you know the "Star Wars" movies by heart, and understand programming ideas, like recursion and inheritance."

Brogrammer culture is the absorption of that demographic into the software development industry, probably motivated by higher demand for programmers and the higher pay-scale that resulted from that demand, along with the growth in startups.

More problematic elements of brogrammer culture include racism, sexism, misogyny and a general intolerance of diversity. The prevalence of these attitudes tends to discourage women and other people who don't fit the brogrammer model from entering tech careers; it is also often their reason for leaving jobs in the industry.

Archie Prakash discusses the problems of brogrammer culture and how it prevents women and people of color from entering (or staying in) IT:

This was last updated in March 2016

Continue Reading About brogrammer

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

Dateiendungen und Dateiformate

Gesponsert von:

SearchCompliance

  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

SearchSecurity

  • biometrics

    Biometrics is the measurement and statistical analysis of people's unique physical and behavioral characteristics.

  • principle of least privilege (POLP)

    The principle of least privilege (POLP), an important concept in computer security, is the practice of limiting access rights for...

  • identity management (ID management)

    Identity management (ID management) is the organizational process for identifying, authenticating and authorizing individuals or ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

SearchStorage

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.

Close