The pascal article was satire, in defense of abstractions by "Ed Post" (whose name I thought was a stand-in for 'editorial post' when I saw it,) in 1982. A lot of the crochetty old nerd guard was getting antsy about making computing into the use of a 'black box' or simply bragging about their arcane skills, and bemoaning that the programmers of today wouldn't be able to hand toggle their way out of a locked filing cabinet. Same as some linux folk (who are becoming increasingly rare,) who insist that anything you can't do on a command line isn't worth doing. Like all satire, there is some merit. But mostly it's just good laughs of the "Get off my lawn" variety. Thanks for that link.