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So as I understand your point is that it's more difficult to get down to 'hacking level' today, thought it is surely easier to glue things together without deeper understanding. Whereas back in the 80s hacking level wasn't so far from day-to-day development. I agree, I hit these roadblocks every now and then and at each point I'm confronted with the deeper question of whether I want to devote time to really grasp what's behind the magic, or is it better to clutch at workarounds so I can turn up an app faster. I guess in the long term achieving hacker level has better payoff, but I seldom take the metaphorical leap.

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