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I think the proportions have shifted significantly. (Proportion of “problem solving” to “plumbing”.) There’s at least a couple orders of magnitude more software and services available to use and connect to today than there was 25 years ago.

Plumbing is not what you read in your textbooks about.

It has always been the case that the majority of programmers are plumbers. As a fraction of people I would be surprised if we do not have more people working on blue skies problems today because all the tools are available for free, as opposed to the 80s when a workstation with the software on it cost 30% of the developers yearly salary.

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