Joel Spolsky: Leaky Abstractions

I came across a great Joel Spolsky article this morning concerning the dangers of relying too heavily upon abstractions:

“The law of leaky abstractions means that whenever somebody comes up with a wizzy new code-generation tool … you hear a lot of people saying "learn how to do it manually first, then use the wizzy tool to save time…”

“And all this means that paradoxically, even as we have higher and higher level programming tools with better and better abstractions, becoming a proficient programmer is getting harder and harder.”

It still pays to know the fundamentals.

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