The Reuters’ project I’ve previously written about is finally coming to an end, at least version 1.0. It is now “feature complete” and tomorrow it will be deployed in their own servers. That’s a nice milestone!
Then I asked myself, how many lines of code have I written during this month? How many did I write per day in average? This is an unique opportunity to know, since I have been responsible for this little project from beginning to end, from analysis to design and implementation and testing, through the installation in their own infrastructure.
Just a quick reminder of the technical characteristics of the project:
- Intranet “Classic ASP” application, consisting of: 3 different screens, one big DHTML graphical editor (complex enough) with “WYSIWYG” capabilities, and a couple of minor pop-up windows. This application will be part of a larger project under the responsibility of other Reuters’ teams, and provides a unique “viewing” capability for the managerial staff.
- Supported browsers: Internet Explorer 5.5 & 6, Mozilla Firefox (Mac and Windows) & Apple Safari (haven’t tested in other browsers)
- SQL Server 2000 Database; the schema has been done by Reuters’ staff, so I have just created the stored procedures, views and functions that the application uses to manipulate the data.
The different modules have been separated in layers following a classic 3-tier architecture, and I used the following open source utilities to help me build it:
- Classic ASP Framework by Christian Calderon;
- ASPUnit Unit Test Framework
Here’s some statistics showing different checkpoints during the month of September; these have been done with Campwood Software SourceMonitor Version 2.0 (nice utility, quite awkward, but hey, it’s free :)
|Date||Lines (SLOC)||# of files||Cumulated working days||Average lines per day|
- I have counted only the lines of the files that I have written (for those that might say that I’ve counted the lines of the open source frameworks ;)
- Yes, those figures include the source code comments. I have yet to find a tool that only counts “logical” SLOC; in other words, these numbers reflect “physical” SLOC
- Very little code has been generated by third-party tools in this application (something that modern IDEs do all the time); the good news is that the Classic ASP Framework allows incredible productivity because of the high quality of the components and the ease of use… not to mention the fact that the API looks really similar to .NET… and that changes everything!
- The productivity jump from September 12th has to do with a particularly difficult point of the application that had to do with a graphical representation on the screen… once that was solved, the rest of the application “built itself” around that solution.
OK, hope that someone finds this information interesting… I do! It was real fun to do this application. I would love to show you more about it but, you know, this is propietary stuff and NDAs apply here :)