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It comes from the “I couldn’t say it better myself” department: this excellent post presents 12 reasons why a good programmer should not worry about employment.

I remember discussion with other programmers where they claimed that because VB and other such tools make programming easier, there will be less work and less demand for programmers.

To which I say: bull.

Those tools make some programming easier but at the same time a lot of programming becomes harder because our software gets bigger.

We need to keep existing software up-to-date and every year we come up with completely new categories of software to write: web servers, IM systems, weblog software, native XML databases, web search engines.

There’ll be plenty of work for competent programmers.