Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Writing more code isn't always the answer

This is one of my very favorite stories of writing good code and how metrics can go horribly wrong.

"Bill Atkinson, the author of Quickdraw and the main user interface designer, who was by far the most important Lisa implementor, thought that lines of code was a silly measure of software productivity. He thought his goal was to write as small and fast a program as possible, and that the lines of code metric only encouraged writing sloppy, bloated, broken code. "

Generally speaking, I'm with Bill.

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