As requested, I split this question from a two part question I asked at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2482071/modern-web-development-general-question
My question is how do i convince the young programmers who interview me that my years of system programming experience, MFC, Win32 programming are still relevant and I should not be automatically rejected because I don't know the differences between Drupal and <pick your technology>.
It seems like I can ask a dozen question that these guys won't be able to answer but somehow because I don't know the latest fad counts against me.
I do read, but if you don't use what you read in your daily work, you will never have expert knowledge of it.
So bottom line: is the only way for me to take a .NET or Java job is for me to start at the bottom all over?