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#1 leibniz76   User is offline

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How many lines of code are some of the major apps?

Posted 11 November 2014 - 04:57 PM

How many lines of code are some of the major apps such as Excel, Word or Google's search engine?
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Re: How many lines of code are some of the major apps?

Posted 11 November 2014 - 04:59 PM

Honestly, who cares. They are non-trivial applications you wouldn't design by yourself. I'd imagine in the tens or hundreds of thousands LOC.

This quote from Bill Gates seems relevant:

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“Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.”

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Re: How many lines of code are some of the major apps?

Posted 30 December 2014 - 05:47 PM

View Postleibniz76, on 11 November 2014 - 04:57 PM, said:

How many lines of code are some of the major apps such as Excel, Word or Google's search engine?


I was told just the other day by a dot net expert that Excel has 20 million lines of code.
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#4 Martyr2   User is online

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Re: How many lines of code are some of the major apps?

Posted 30 December 2014 - 06:19 PM

Interesting link for everyone who is curious...

http://www.informati...-lines-of-code/
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Re: How many lines of code are some of the major apps?

Posted 30 December 2014 - 06:57 PM

View PostMartyr2, on 30 December 2014 - 08:19 PM, said:

Interesting link for everyone who is curious...

http://www.informati...-lines-of-code/



Wow, if you ever want to see what a stroke looks like, just show that chart to Ed Tufte. How many ways can you get visualization wrong in one go?

Let's take a quick survey: uneven increase in scale, obscuring the scale indicators, layout garbage that makes the indices look like they're negative for some reason, colors deployed seemingly at random, random fact litter in the row identifiers... kids, look at what this designer did, and never do anything like that.

(I wonder if people follow this guy through the streets mocking him? I know I would, it would be kind of a fun way to spend an afternoon)
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Re: How many lines of code are some of the major apps?

Posted 30 December 2014 - 10:18 PM

Well if a picture is upsetting you, there is a link to a spreadsheet with the data just after the graphic. ;)
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Posted 30 December 2014 - 10:25 PM

I agree with Jon, it took me a min to figure out what was happening there. And no exact number (the 0.01 million lines for an app, for example) sukd. Interesting info though ;)
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Re: How many lines of code are some of the major apps?

Posted 30 December 2014 - 11:15 PM

How many man hours is far more important than lines of code. When a client hires for development, does it work and cost is a driving force, not how many lines of code are in the program.


One of my books had a formula Microsoft used when developing Word to price, units to sell to break even, and production cost.
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Posted 30 December 2014 - 11:18 PM

I agree, but I don't think OP was really looking in a business sense, more just curiosity/scale kind of question. Also you have to take into account the not-coding time spent on a project, especially if the programmer is doing design and etc.
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Re: How many lines of code are some of the major apps?

Posted 30 December 2014 - 11:22 PM

Technically speaking, the programmer doesn't do the design work in a larger corporation. But I know what you mean. And I think the OP is more thinking competitively, as in his theory program compared to their wide use systems.
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Re: How many lines of code are some of the major apps?

Posted 30 December 2014 - 11:23 PM

That the lord large projects like libre office, Microsoft projects, games, etc are not displayed on a code base to get. You know, a centralized hub... To get. Code.
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Re: How many lines of code are some of the major apps?

Posted 31 December 2014 - 05:22 AM

View PostXaos, on 31 December 2014 - 01:18 AM, said:

I agree, but I don't think OP was really looking in a business sense,

I think the OP just likes to hear himself speak, in a manor of saying. I am surprised the question wasn't phrase in a way as to mention Steve Jobs.
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