The first article was talking about the above video and how misleading the content of the video is in its portrayal of the programming career. The article also firmly stated that not everyone can learn programming outside of very basic tasks, like a sport or musical instrument. Learning to play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on a piano is basic, but playing Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto is ENTIRELY different.
The second article was disagreeing with the premise of that first article that programming isn't for everyone and that people need to be encouraged to try programming because while it can be tedious, it is a very fulfilling and gratifying career as well. Job availability aside, programming is one of the few careers that once you get in, you almost never leave. In fact, out of all the people the author has met who have studied computer science, NONE have left the field.
The thing with programming is that it can be deceptively simple. Writing a program that can add 2+2 is something anyone can do. (That's the coding equivalent of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star".) But just because you can write Addition programs doesn't mean you can create a program that takes customer orders from a website, charges their credit card, and integrates with the UPS database to ship the purchased products to the customer. (To a new programmer, that's the software equivalent of the Rach 3.) To be able to write software like that, there has to be a level of abstraction that you can keep in your mind as you code the program. And honestly, not everyone can do that.
Think about it this way: Think back to your last algebra class. Were you able to track where each and every X and Y were supposed to go? What value they were supposed to contain? If you could, then you might have a mind for coding. If not, then programming is NOT for you. And there's nothing wrong with that. There are plenty of tedious, and fullfilling jobs out there that are not related to programming. I'm sure one of those will suit you just fine.
Another thing that I really agree with the first article on is the portrayal of the "typical" job of the programmer. I've been in the tech industry for over a decade in one position or another and I've never had extravagant offices (I've always been in a cubicle. After all, the only things I need for my job is a computer with internet access, a desk and a chair.), free food (It's been vending machines and cafeterias where you pay for your food), lots of play (nope.), beautiful views (from a cubicle with no windows? Please!), or lots of money. (Okay, writing software I make more than a store clerk, but less than a CEO.)
Now, there are jobs where that stuff exists. But, it's not all moonbeams and rainbows at those jobs. Especially when those happy-go-lucky coders are pulling 90+ hour weeks to get a project in before a deadline. No, more often than not, your average programmer is in a cubicle staring at a screen trying to wrap their mind around how to solve the problem they need to get coded before the project goes over budget.
Now, my dear readers, if you were thinking about a career in coding before reading this and are still interested AFTER reading this, then by all means, go for it! If you need help with something, ask me. I'll try to help if I can.