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I heard a comment somewhat like this at one of the West Coast Computer Faires back in '78, '79. The declaration from a self described panel of "experts" was that COBOL programmers were going to be a thing of the past because almost all high school students were going to have been exposed to programming classes. One old gentleman stood up and objected. He said "look around you. Everyone in this room knows how to read and write. How many of you are going to write novels? Programmers are like novelists and should be nurtured and cherished." The "experts" all had sour looks on their faces for being contradicted and no doubt wished sucurity would escort the old fool out. But I think he nailed it. Knowledge of something does not make you an expert of it.

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The real story about the boy who pointed out that the emperor had no clothes, was that he was thrown into a dungeon and beheaded the next day.

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