• Subject: Re: AS/400 Gasping For Air ??
  • From: Don Schenck <schencd%AM_LZCH%VASELL@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Jan 1999 05:27:16 -0400
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::::OK.  This is interesting.  The AS/400 has been around for 12 years, right?
::::Technically, much (most?) of SLIC and OS/400 has been written or rewritten
::::MUCH more recently than that, but let's use that number for the moment. 
::::Now, with 65,000,000 LOC, and at a rate of 2000 LOC per man year for 12
::::years, we have..... 2708 workers (excluding management, marketing, etc.)
::::involved in the development of the AS/400 SLIC and OS/400?  Over a 12-year
::::period?  Is it safe to say that 50% of that has been (re)written since V3's
::::inception?  What was that, maybe four years ago? (I don't remember.) 
::::Running the same numbers (32,5000,000 LOC over 4 years), we have 4062
::::actual workers involved in that development over a 4-year period?  Can
::::these numbers be correct?  Hasn't there been a layoff or two in that time
::::frame?  This is intriguing to me.

Dennis --

You are my HERO! You are one of us "cynical" people who actually put pencil to
paper and QUESTION the numbers! Kudos; don't ever stop!

Your comment/question brings up an interesting point: when re-using source
code, do you count each time?


-- Don Schenck

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