RE: Human minds on Windows(?)

Billy Brown (
Thu, 8 Jul 1999 17:11:47 -0500

Rob Harris Cen-IT wrote:
> LOC stands for Lines Of Code. Not much of a measure of "quality".

Defects per LOC is the best metric anyone has ever come up with for measuring the quality of actual program code, which is what we were talking about. User-percieved quality, as in "I really like this program", is a completely different thing. You can have excellent code and still turn out a poor product if your overall program design (and especially user interface design) are bad. This is what Microsoft tends to do.

On a tangential note, you seem to think that large programs are inherently bad in some sense. Why? A high-quality program is one that does the things I want it to do in a simple and cost effective manner. As long as you have that, who cares if the program is 5 KB or 5 MB? Program size only becomes important if the software is so big that it actually affects its performance, or takes up a meaningfull fraction of my hard drive, or in some other way limits my ability to use it.

Billy Brown, MCSE+I