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I'd be curious to know where you've worked to form such an opinion. Sure programming CRUD apps gets repetitive and boring, but if you are literally needing to spend no mental energy on what you are doing, then you should move up the abstraction layer and write a script to do your job. If you're not using your full intelligence and capability as a programmer then you are doing it wrong (braindead body shop policies notwithstanding). This is not unique to programming by any means, but it's definitely not the same as assembly line work or taxi driving or line cook or any other rote job.

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