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I interpret it this way:

As programmers, it is easy for us to get wrapped up in the act of programming, and to forget about the point of programming: to solve problems as quickly, cheaply, robustly, and maintainably as possible.

Software development is all about tradeoffs, and some amount of environment configuration is undoubtedly a good thing. Just like some abstractions are good, some design patterns are good, etc.

But you have to be honest with yourself about whether the investment you are making learning and building additional complexity is really paying dividends, or if it's just fun to play with.

An alternate interpretation is that nobody should need to configure an editor. Editors should work already. It's 2011. If you like doing this and don't see that you should be spending your time more productively, you are part of the problem.




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