«[...]To stay ahead of domestic competitors, Geissbuhler decided to put his hardware skills online. "If I had outsourced the work, I would have spent most of my time explaining to the programmer the difference between a left-hand and a right-hand window crank," he says. So he built homewindowrepair.com himself, using, among other tools, a language called Perl. His training came from the book Sam's Teach Yourself Perl in 24 Hours and from experimentation with programs like Adobe's GoLive. It helped that he had studied Fortran in college.
If your value in the job marketplace is years of experience--whether in publishing or bond trading or retailing or drug research--you may yet wind up with a pink slip at any time. If you are fresh out of school with a programming degree, you have to compete with low-price talent overseas. Marry the two kinds of skills, though, and you can thrive in a global, digital age.»