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Thu Jul 5 15:58:58 EDT 2018
On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 4:27 AM, Jim Lee <jlee54 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 07/05/18 10:47, Calvin Spealman wrote:
>> You say "pitfall", but I say "allow developers to focus on higher-level
>> problems and enable developers to specialize among tasks so every single one
>> of us doesn't have to be a jack of all trades just to build a todo list
> Sure, that's the *benefit*, but the benefit doesn't erase the *pitfall*.
> It's the same as with any other convenience. When a convenience becomes a
> necessity, skill is lost.
> Take a village of people. They live mostly on wild berries. One day, a man
> invents an automated way to sort good berries from poisonous berries. Soon,
> all the villagers take their berries to him to be sorted. The man dies, but
> passes the secret on to his son before doing so. This continues for a few
> generations. Eventually, the final descendant dies with no children, and
> the secret vanishes. Now, the entire village is clueless when it comes to
> identifying the poisonous berries.
I would respect your analogy more if every compiler used today were
forty years old and not being developed by anyone other than its
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