RE: Workplace issues

Subject: RE: Workplace issues
From: john -at- garisons -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 11:41:20 -0400 (EDT)

I remember an interview a long time ago with Ballmer and Gates where they
were mocking IBM because they measured everything in K-LOCs )thousands of
lines of code).

how things have changed ...

Here's a reference to that:
Has the Microsoft of Today Become the IBM of the Late '80s?

<<In the PBS TV series based on Bob Cringely's Accidental Empires, there
is a sequence where Steve Ballmer describes the experience of
co-developing OS/2 with IBM, how the whole thing became a fantastic clash
of corporate culture, with Microsoft having the small-company attitude of
getting things done, and IBM being focused on internal measures ?
primarily KLoCs, that is thousands of lines of code as a measure of
programmer productivity. "All they cared about," raves Ballmer, "was KLoCs
and KLoCs and KLoCs." IBM, apparently, did not care whether the code was
any good as long as there was a lot of it.>>

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.

(Hats off to Mr Yeats ... )

John G

> I remember an apocryphal story about why Microsoft produced such buggy,
bloated code. The reason, according to the story is that each software
engineer was expected to write x number lines of code a day, every day.


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