When you struggle with an OOP problem, your program still works, it’s just sort of hard to maintain. Allegedly. But when you struggle with pointers, your program produces the line Segmentation Fault and you have no idea what’s going on, until you stop and take a deep breath and really try to force your mind to work at two different levels of abstraction simultaneously.
Joel Spolsky on the perils of JavaSchools.
It feels a bit like grandpa complaining about walking to school barefoot, uphill both ways, but it’s a good read.
Maybe I’m getting old and senile too :)