Better tools make us more powerful

by Luke A. Kanies

Kathy Sierra has another great article up, wondering whether better tools make us dumber (e.g., does the use of calculators mean we don't need to learn math). The article brought to mind a lot of the fear I see among sysadmins when I discuss tools like Puppet. Sysadmins aren't so much concerned that better tools will make them dumber but rather that better tools will allow dumber people to replace them.

Kathy's conclusion is that you still have to understand what you're doing, but I think she missed the opportunity to talk about why we use better tools.