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

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Wed Oct 12 06:10:25 AEST 2022

On Tue, Oct 11, 2022 at 08:02:41PM +0000, Michael Kj??rling wrote:
> On 11 Oct 2022 12:54 -0700, from lm at mcvoy.com (Larry McVoy):
> > On Tue, Oct 11, 2022 at 03:43:19PM -0400, Marc Donner wrote:
> >> So, come annual review time he gets the most negative possible score.
> >> Why?  Because he produced -480K lines of code.
> > 
> > Whoever wrote that review should have been fired.  Absolutely no clue.
> 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.  I rewarded more functionality in less or the same
lines of code.  Want to add 5K LOC?  Great, find 5K LOC of dead code.

My team worked on on the same project for 18 years, the main source
base grew to about 125K LOC and stayed there even though we added
more and more functionality.  It is possible.

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