Actually you’re right, and candidly this article was a rant that I needed to write for catharsis’ sake to put my anger at this guy behind me. I only published it on impulse and I have not sent anything to L or the people we were working for. The original was a lot angrier and more personal, but when readership took off I rewrote a lot and removed most of that.
However the developer ineptitude was, as you perceive, not my primary beef with him and so many like him. It was his arrogance, his mechanical responses, his dismissive know-it-all attitude, his loud voice. If at a bigger company someone took it upon himself to completely change the behavior of code that others used and not said a word about it he would have been called to a one-on-one he’d never forget.
And by the way he was the only person in the group I had this problem with. Not sure why you used “them” at the end, it was only him.