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Programing languages as wines
C++ requires the use of a complex series of corkscrews to open the bottle. In recent years, various tools have been created to make the opening procedure easier and more standardized. These tools, require either reconfiguration for each individual bottle, or extensive training in customization of the arcane facets of the corkscrew.
The main effect is that many potential imbibers become frustrated at the barriers to Chateau C++, and the power therein, and opt for a different vintage: Pinot Perl, Shellpagne, or a cup of Java. The saddest of these can be found slumped in an alley behind a PDP 11 guzzling a 40 of Olde Fortran Malt Liquor.
Some tipplers attempt a long route to make the corkscrew learning curve easier. They become connissers of other wines in the hope that when they at last turn to C++, they will have the experience to make C++ go down easier. They are inevitably frustrated, as they have used a bottle-opening model that is silky and robust. When they begin pulling at the C++ bottle, they will be heard to slur "It doesn't have to be this hard!" before reaching for a glass of one of their old favorites in an attempt to get drunk before closing time.
"What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."