Surely it would have been a bit more sensible to work out the time the 
programmer had spent on the project and then calculate it as a percentage of 
the total time that programmer would spend on it to complete it (which might 
not be the whole duration of the project)

Also, counting code lines seems unfair. I know it used to be this way, but its 
a bit like paying firemen based on the number of fires they put out; don't be 
surprised if arson figures go up!

I would guess though that this fellow likely had to pay some of that initial 
outlay of cash back though, and would further assume the total price attributed 
to each line was no more than 3 or 4 cents (damb English androids don't have 
the cent character)


----- Reply message -----
From: "tedd" <>
Date: Thu, Oct 7, 2010 18:20
Subject: [PHP] tedd's Friday Post ($ per line)
To: <>

Hi gang:

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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