[TUHS] LOC [was Re: Re: Re.: Princeton's "Unix: An Oral History": who was in the team in "The Attic"?

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Tue Nov 8 03:50:33 AEST 2022

On Tue, Oct 11, 2022 at 2:34 PM Charles H Sauer (he/him) <
sauer at technologists.com> wrote:

> On 10/11/2022 3:14 PM, Michael Kjörling wrote:
> > On 11 Oct 2022 13:10 -0700, from lm at mcvoy.com (Larry McVoy):
> >>> Isn't it relatively well established, though, that IBM culture at
> >>> least for a very long time put heavy emphasis on counting lines of
> >>> source code, and that more SLOC was considered to be better?
> >>
> >> That's just stupid.
> >
> > You're getting no argument from me there.
> >
> It was likely true that some parts of IBM put heavy emphasis on LOC, but
> as Marc points out, that wasn't true in Research. I don't remember heavy
> LOC emphasis in AIX groups, and I suspect even in Boca (OS/2) there was
> not "heavy" emphasis.

Speaking of "just stupid"

Word on the street is that Elon Musk stack ranked the engineers by lines of
over the last year (source: https://ma.nu/blog/bye-twitter) and layed off
the bottom
performers in terms of LoC...

Not 100% sure this is legit, since some tweets about it have been deleted.

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