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Joel Spolsky coined a term for this type of problem. The "leaky abstraction". See here: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/LeakyAbstractions.htm...

It doesn't nessicarily need to be a leaky abstraction, in the case of rails (1) there was just a few miles between the path a beginner took and a pro took, which makes it real hard to stop being a beginner

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