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And there we have it: VB and Java are horrible, contemptible corporate languages that are falling asleep on the speed track while C++ has already run the race, and they give you lots of cookie-cutter functionality that rarely fits your needs exactly. So, aside from arguments about programming time, we come back to our original question: Why do people use these languages?

I'll tell you: the cheap, dirty thrill of it. Like egging people's cars on Halloween, or tipping cows, or getting "lickered up" on moonshine and then burning down the barn, there's a certain thrill in destroying that which you know to be good, useful, and—dare I say it?—holy. And all of you capability-challenged people out there know it.

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