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I think this generation shift isn't new, and I think it's "standing on the shoulders of giants." It's what makes each generation more effective than the last.

Specifically, I've worked with very smart individuals who grew up working on ARM processors and when tried to transition to javascript had difficulty with something like Ajax. I being one generation younger, am somewhat oblivious of ASM, hard disk sectors, etc, but since the abstractions aren't leaky it actually let's me focus on more theoretical stuff.

Moreover, I think one generation from now things like caching will automatically be decided at the storage-engine level, and things that are now manual-work will become abstracted away allowing engineers even greater productivity.

edit: clarity

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