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I do agree with you that people tend to glorify the past. I also agree with the author that it was way, way more difficult not even that long ago when you couldn't get answers by just typing into google. I think that did weed out most people from the occupation because you had to do a ton of reading (not to mention buying those expensive programming books!)

On the other hand you could say that I wasted a lot of time thinking about things that were inconsequential. Now I'm able to focus my attention on the true work rather than getting hung up on the minor details.

There are still problems to solve, they're just on a different layer for a lot of us. You might even say that because of all of our frameworks and libraries that our problems are even more complicated.

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