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This guy sounds like the stereotypical "rockstar" developer. These types create endless drama and ruin team dynamics by insisting that everything be done their way due to their supposed brilliance. The situation you're in now is exhibit A. Expect more of the same at every turn from here on out.

Also, food for thought: if nobody can review his code, what evidence of his "greatness" exists other than his saying so?

Getting shit done and pleasing clients can be seen as "greatness."

I write a shitload of PHP/jquery - and no one reviews my code. If it's done fast and works as expected my bosses don't care... and they'll listen to me over the front-end dev who wants to use React/Ruby.

Now I don't 'hate' any language and will try new things, but my point is that the definition of greatness can be completely different between companies, especially when the company isn't a tech company.

You're right, but the fact that this guy is hung up on the language at the expense of team productivity makes me suspect he's not the "getting shit done" type.

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