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There are historical resonances throughout, to an extent that shocks me, given that the author was coming from a milieu that on the face of it -- the industrial computing industry in early-'70s Soviet Union? -- is so alien to my own experience. He seems to have grasped some essential truths that continue to apply even as the world of programming and the world at large have changed in many profound ways.

"We, as innovators, must learn to keep a 50-year-old programmer as useful as a new recruit." speaks about the ageism in software industry before it was even conceived as a term!

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