Programmers have spent countless hours practising programming to the point where they have forgotten how difficult it was in the beginning. A non programmer might think of programming as "memorizing hundreds of rules" to get anything done, but one doesn't learn programming by sitting around explicitly memorizing hundreds of rules and then begin to program.
Actually writing programs with a minimal set of 'rules' memorized and then adding more as needed is how one typically learns programming.
So when do you get around to teaching programming, then? ; P