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The value of learning asm and C doesn't necessarily come from using these languages, but lies in understanding how a CPU works and how memory is laid out and managed. So that you can put abstractions and automatic memory management to good work. There's a reason Knuth uses his MIX assembler language for discussing algorithms and algorithmitic complexity analysis. If you don't know these things, you basically don't know what you're doing when you're programming a computer.

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