Several years ago I was involved in a court case where a programmers
work was being evaluated to establish a dollar amount for the work
The case was a dispute where the client wanted money back from a
programmer for a discontinued project. The programmer simply wanted
to be paid for the work he had done. This wasn't a case where anyone
had done anything wrong, but rather a circumstance where two parties
were trying to figure out who was due what.
You see, the original client had been taken over by another company
who put a halt to the project the programmer was working on. The new
company claimed that because the project wasn't finished, then the
programmer should pay back all the money he was paid up-front to
start the project. However, while the project had not been finished,
the programmer had indeed worked on the project for several months.
The programmer stated he wanted to paid his hourly rate. But the new
client stated that the up-front money paid had been based upon a bid
and not an hourly rate. So, they were at odds as to what to do.
The solution in this case was to place a dollar amount on the actual
"lines of code" the programmer wrote. In other words, they took all
of programmers code and actually counted the lines of code he wrote
and then agreed to a specific dollar amount to each line. In this
case, the programmer had written over 25,000 lines of code. What do
you think he was paid?
And with all of that said, what dollar amount would you place on your
"line of code"?
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