• Subject: RE: Counting Lines of Code - was Job Accounting
  • From: Joel Fritz <JFritz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Nov 1999 09:15:33 -0800

This is terrible.  Say it ain't so, Jon.  I've always loved the lines of
code story as a culture clash parable.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jon.Paris@halinfo.it [mailto:Jon.Paris@halinfo.it]
> Sent: Monday, November 08, 1999 12:53 PM
> To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
> Subject: Counting Lines of Code - was Job Accounting
> 
> 
> 
> 
>  >> When Micro$oft and IBM were collaborating on OS/2, 
> supposedly the IBM people
> got very annoyed with the Micro$oft programmers for trying to 
> make the programs
> shorter because fewer lines of code meant lower productivity.
> 
> I doubt that very much.  IBM's method for determining 
> programmer productivity is
> not a strict count but also involves a factor (can't recall 
> what it's called)
> that normalizes the count based on the "power" of the language.
> 
> If anything I'd say the story was backwards. One of the 
> reasons that IBM had
> major problems (and in the end abandoned) trying to port OS/2 
> to the Power PC
> platform was due to the fact that MS had insisted on coding 
> all of their
> components in assembler rather than the C/C++ the IBM 
> developers were using.
> That obviously was OK moving from one Intel box to another 
> but to Power PC
> .........
> 
> 
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