@profoundlynerdy @fribbledom That might be true, although I think there's a big functionality/performance tradeoff. While some modern abstractions cost a lot in performance, more features get added because the work is less error-prone and there's less reinventing the wheel. Ultimately this is about what the industry is demanding from programmers rather than some innate inability to memorise registers or what have you.
That said, I still cringe whenever I hear of some company replacing their legacy COBOL applications with theoretically equivalent Java code.
While COBOL isn't bullet proof and can certainly ABEND (terminate abnormally) the solution for the Java crowd always seems to be "Hmm... I don't know, try restarting the JVM."
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