The Big Think

October 25, 2013

Towering Inferno

Filed under: Politics,Uncategorized — jasony @ 9:42 am



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  1. I don’t mean to downplay the debacle of a rollout this website has been. But I fail to see how that website can have 500 Million lines of code. If it does, then they’re including a huge amount of auto-generated code (as opposed to human-generated). According to my back-of-the-napkin calculations:

    Website cost $500M
    Developer costs $150K/year
    Website has 3,333 developer-years of effort
    Each developer must write 150,000 lines of code per year

    That’s WAY higher that what the very best engineers could write. And no offense to federal contractors, but the best engineers aren’t going to become federal contractors.

    If they’re talking about auto-generated code (ie put a specification into a code generator, out comes code), this isn’t an apples-apples comparision. Then you really need to be counting the lines of the original specification that was fed into the code-generator, because that’s what you’re responsible for debugging.

    Note: the original citation of 500,000,000 lines of code came from the nytimes. I expected a little better from them. But then again, when someone is commenting on a story about a debacle, they want to inflate the debacle-ness as much as possible.

    Comment by greg — October 25, 2013 @ 10:25 am

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