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I mean you could have been an experienced user of say Cold Fusion, then spend 6 months living on a beach in Thailand and when you come back the industry is shifted to PHP.

As an analogy, think of the Swiss watch industry. There were people there with 30 years experience with the most intricate mechanical devices in the world. Didn't help them one little bit when the Japanese invented the quartz movement, the skills just weren't transferable.

Yes, but mechanical watches are still doing fine in the high-end of the market.

Did you know that, ironically, the British used to be the premier watchmakers, but they were driven out of the market in the 19th century by cheap competition from (amongst other places) Switzerland?

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