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I could spin that the other way: Sure we're not as good, but who cares, the tooling and the methodology are much better, so as a whole, we're probably producing better quality on average.

I'm sure you can cherry-pick a few great names from the past and tell us how massive their shadows still are in nowadays' programming, but the average back in the day was probably not very good, especially since everyone was using tools and languages that were by nature very unforgiving.

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