The secret of productivity is to have tools that do more of the work, more quickly, more accurately and with less supervision. Computers, as tools, are being applied in every area of human endeavour to this end with amazing results. With one, notable and lamentable exception -- software development.
Interesting quote, but I disagree completely. The proof of my disagreement? Perl it self (and dozens of other 'higher level' languages of course). What else is Perl but an attempt to produce a tool that does more of the work, more quickly and more accurately with less supervision? It has high level features built in, such as scalars and hashes to do more of the work which directly translates to faster, and it has a built in garbage collector to do stuff we as programmers don't need to supervise.
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