Eric Sink wrote an interesting piece about how software developers must deal with the abstractions in their environment to deliver software. Unfortunately, toward the end he goes on a .NET vs. Java jag that really has nothing to do with his piece, and indeed was total and complete flame bait. Unsurprisingly, he follows up today to explain himself. This is one way that the lack of an editor can hurt weblogs. The temptation to digress when writing is intense, but every time you do it, you risk people ignoring the point you were trying to make by focusing on your digression (particularly when it’s inflammatory). In any case, Sink’s piece is worth reading, particularly if you ignore the pointless partisanship at the end.