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Some places value skills that never age and you'll be fine if you have those skills. Other places value skills tied to particular products, and you'll have to retrain every few years.

If your skills are mostly tied to a particular application then, sure, you'll be coining it for a few years until it gets superceded by some other application, at which point you will have to retrain. This is the "treadmill" that most people refer to; you'll be on the relearning treadmill all your life if you specialise in some vendor-supplied proprietary tech-stack.

If you *are* going to specialise in some particular application or program, choose something that has obvious staying power (Linux kernel dev, for example, rather than Sage Accounting dev).

VB developers were the most in-demand, until VB was displaced, then they had to retrain. Win32 developers were high in demand, until C# allowed non-Win32 specialists to write Windows applications.

Being tied to a particular proprietary tech-stack makes you vulnerable. You'll know you're in this position when interviewers ask you questions about a particular product.

A question like "What are the callbacks needed to make a service on Windows?" is clearly product-oriented, while "How would you write a service provider for services over TCP" is clearly not.

Windows and Windows Services is clearly a product. Service provisioning and the TCP stack is clearly not. Knowledge of the former becomes less useful over time. Knowledge of the latter has gotten *more* useful over time.

Coincidentally, I'm 45, and in the middle of interviewing with Amazon. The questions are all based around algorithms and data structures, and I'm doing quite well so far. My compatriot (22 years dveloper on various Windows applications) who also applied didn't make it past the first interview. He is still looking for a job where his experience (native development on Windows) matters. He is probably going to have to accept a Game-Dev position if he wants to move at all.

One year of non-vendor related knowledge beats out 22 years of vendor-specific knowledge.
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