- "You can disallow installations, but then you need to pay some poor programmer to sit around doing stuff a half-blind Lurmen could manage."
- ―Jessa Spanjaf, to her daughter
A programmer was someone who wrote computer programs and data systems. During the Imperial Era, the data security specialist Jessa Spanjaf regarded programming as a menial job that a half-blind Lurmen could manage. Her daughter, Merei Spanjaf, obtained a snooper program from the Gray Syndicate as part of her quest to help her boyfriend Zare Leonis find his missing sister Dhara Leonis.