Programming will never take off

As a child, I never believed that programming would take off. My rationale was that its requirement for exactness would make it infeasible. The fact that every line may need a trailing semi-colon, every command needs to be spelt perfectly, with pinpoint accuracy in between, suggested to me that the barrier to entry was too great.

I assume that this was one of the drivers behind Clive Sinclair in his use of keywords at the touch of a key. Alas it seems I was wrong in my prediction, although it has helped spawn a whole testing and bug-fixing industry.

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