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I enjoyed the following quote which I stumbled across on the web...


"At this stage in its evolution, .NET’s main advantage is its potential for greatly enhanced programmer productivity. One development firm, Empowered Software, grew a client’s application to a million lines of code as it evolved through various releases of Visual Basic. “Over the past nine months, we rebuilt it with Visual Basic .NET, and it's now less than 400 lines of code,” says Keith Franklin, president of Empowered Software."


Wow!    This means that the company's developers were achieving a SLOC rate of just over two lines of code a day.   Surely not a good advertisement for VB.NET productivity at all!   Perhaps they were very, very long lines of code.

Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 2:44 PM | Back to top

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Ok, I'll bite.

Mabey it takes nine months to re-design and rethink the product which used to contain a million lines of code. Take out old components, add new features.

The end result, 400 lines on nice, managed code. Sounds like a good result for VB .NET, you'll probably get about the same result/timeframe using C# I'll wager. ;-)
Left by Peter Stathakos on Apr 14, 2004 4:01 PM

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Yes. but did they code at the same rate with 'classic' VB? That would have taken them approx. 2,250 developer years at a cost of aprox. $240 per line of code (wages, overheads, etc.)
Left by Charles Young on Apr 14, 2004 6:10 PM

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