[FoRK] Raise your hand if you rate minimum LOC as an important metric

Ken Meltsner meltsner at alum.mit.edu
Mon Jan 14 11:19:24 PST 2013


On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM, Kevin Marks <kevinmarks at gmail.com> wrote:

> More concise should win, but as a tie breaker. Over-stressing conciseness
> can be as bad as using lines of code written per day as a productivity
> metric.
>

Richard Gabriel likened it to "compression" as used by poets -- the ability
to reference a complex feeling or situation with a single word or phrase --
the literary equivalent of macro expansion.

Highly compressed poems can pack quite a bit of meaning into a small space,
but at the expense of readability and clarity.

Ken


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