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> And I find it hard that any company would pay someone who has no experience in a language boatloads of money, even if its an excellent programmer in another language.

Top tech employers will routinely hire you (with generous compensation packages) to program primarily in a language you're not experienced in.

Big non-tech companies are simply not set up to realize that developers are assets, not peons.

The developers in a tech-company are working at a profit-centre, generating income.

In a non-tech company, they are working in a cost-centre.

Ironically, a lot of non-tech companies have not yet realized that the services they provide are actually digital, and their profit centers are actually just a sales organisation.

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