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Why? You can write a huge system with forms designer and code generator. Isn't it sufficient? (irony)

And now seriously, pointers are not crucial part of programming in many areas, but they allow people to understand how the internals work. And if we will have no-one who understands how internals work, there will be a situation where SQL2020, Windows 15 and Linux 20.04 will be written in garbage collected virtual machine running over 30 layers of abstraction, with code generated via IDE, in JavaScript.

This is definitely not what I want to see.

So yes, they do have to, definitely!