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Joel Spolsky recently blogged about the perils of Java schools. The introduction goes like this:
...When I was a kid, I learned to program on punched cards. If you made a mistake, you didn't have any of these modern features like a backspace key to correct it. You threw away the card and started over.
That instantly reminded me of my favorite Dilbert - one I have handy now because I used it in one of the first few slides in my JavaPolis presentation. I think it portrays a pretty common attitude in the programming world - "it was hard and we liked it that way!"