It depends on your programming. If you do some Java, C++, etc. that requires little hardware needs and just needs a screen and keyboard, then you should. If you are doing more intensive things like 3D programming, stay clear. The T43 will not have enough power to do that. If you even try to touch Web Programming on that machine past raw HTML and CSS, well get ready for some bad performance. You should look into a T60p/Frankenpad if you want to do some more intensive stuff. The T60p is around the same price, comes with the significantly more powerful C2D cpus and still retains the 4:3 LCD. If you really need a performace boost, a Frankenpad will do, with up to 8GB RAM, fast C2D CPUs and SATA II performance.
Best run it with Linux and IDEA and you'll get some mileage out of it (IDEA supports many languages).
Nowadays as a bare minimum I'd consider a T61p with 4GB or 8GB... a sweet machine with WUXGA... compiling would be slow'ish... but certainly usable.
Could even use this as my main machine although a bit on the slow side.
2017: T450 i5-5300U/12/256/FHD/72Wh
2007-2014: T520/i7-2760QM/8GB/320GB, WSXGA+, X200s, T500, A31p, A30p, T42p, X60s, X32, X31
Gone but not forgotten 1998-2006: 2006 T43p 2668-H2G (2GB/60), T22 2648-8EG (128/20) 2005 X40, X31 2004 T30 SXGA+, 600X, 2003 770 P233+DVD Card, 760XD 1998 760XL+104MB
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