@kfield: ...isn't the problem with some of these tools is that they can encourage plugging-and-chugging without any real understanding of the basic principles?
That's sort of true of any tool -- a lot of today's "digital designers" wouldn't know the difference between a ripple adder and a fast-carrty adder if one were to crawl up their leg and bit them on a very unfortunate part of their anatomy
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