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Can you code this fast?

by mitd (Curate)
on Oct 05, 2004 at 19:12 UTC ( #396728=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Recent posting.

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"Developer with extensive knowledge of PERL and ability to code 7.5K to 10K lines per day needed at this large financial services...

On my fingers! Ohhh my brain!

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Re: Can you code this fast?
by tantarbobus (Hermit) on Oct 05, 2004 at 19:49 UTC


    Sample code to set $var to 2.

    my $var = 1 ; $var = $var + 1 ;

    I am tempted to apply and request a salary of ~ $1.30/line. That figure is arrived at based on 100K/year and 300 lines/diem

      And think of how many lines of comments you'll need to explain that mess ;)


      For even more clarification you'd better write that:

      my $ var = 1 ; ...

      Cheers, Sören

Re: Can you code this fast?
by TheEnigma (Pilgrim) on Oct 05, 2004 at 19:22 UTC
    Does that count modules I import? :)


Re: Can you code this fast?
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on Oct 05, 2004 at 19:31 UTC
    *laughs* I got that bid directly. Lucky for me, it's in another part of the country, otherwise I would've been tempted. NOT! :-)

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Re: Can you code this fast?
by pg (Canon) on Oct 05, 2004 at 23:46 UTC

    One of my coworker told me that when she was working on a COBOL/Y2K project with a bunch of contractors, sometime she saw one single line being repeated 20 times straight.

    Know why? the contractors are paid by lines ;-)

      Hey. Saves the compiler the trouble to unroll the loop. ;)
Re: Can you code this fast?
by itub (Priest) on Oct 05, 2004 at 19:39 UTC
    Perhaps if you use (and count) some generous vertical whitespace.
Re: Can you code this fast?
by johnnywang (Priest) on Oct 05, 2004 at 20:19 UTC
    Come on, be positive, they really meant: to pay you 7.5K to 10K per day (you pick the currency.)
      If this was the case then I would want to be payed 10k Kuwait Dinars a day. (Works out at $29,595). I would be considerably less happy being paid in Turkish Lire where 10000 Lire works out at a miserly $0.0058.

      Source: Travelex

Re: Can you code this fast?
by zentara (Archbishop) on Oct 06, 2004 at 13:34 UTC
    I read somewhere recently that the "average programmer" produces about 10 lines of "working debugged code" per day. That dosn't count cut'n'pasted code, nor documentation, but 10 lines of new "working and bugfree" code. And it's an your "days of inspired genius" are averaged out over the years (weekend included). Jees, maybe thats why they are outsourcing to India? :-)

    Now since they didn't spell Perl right, we may assume that they meant 7.5k of text, not lines. This would fit into the "10 lines per day" figure, if you add in docs, nicely perltidied code, and judicious use of whitespace.

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Re: Can you code this fast?
by graff (Chancellor) on Oct 06, 2004 at 05:35 UTC
    ... ability to code 7.5K to 10K lines per day ...

    Shucks, you could spend 20 minutes writing a perl script that could generate that amount of runnable perl code in less than a minute, and take the rest of the day off. Go for it!

Re: Can you code this fast?
by Elgon (Curate) on Oct 06, 2004 at 14:02 UTC

    Now various of us have pointed out how absurd this is, has anyone contacted the employer to tell them that they're 2 to 3 orders or magnitude out? I'm not suggesting that I really think that they'd listen, but still...


    "Stercus! Dixit Pooh. Eeyore, missilis lux navigii heffalumporum iaculas. Piglet, mecum ad cellae migratae secundae concurras."

      If you think this is absurd, have you ever seen a request for 4 years of experience on a 2-years old technology? Better yet; a job for which the person who invented the technology itself cannot apply because he/she doesn't have the nesesary skills... - Abdon
        I haven't seen that, but when the company I'm working for now, bought another company they offered a generous redundancy scheme: the longer you worked for them and the older you were the more money they would give you to stop working for them. Some PHB must have filled in all the cells in the matrix: the lower left cell listed a figure for someone with 45 years seniority and age 50 or less!


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Re: Can you code this fast?
by simon.proctor (Vicar) on Oct 06, 2004 at 08:35 UTC
    So you write 2400000 lines of code or so a year - what the hell? (5 days a week, 48 weeks a year).

    Still - I can touch type. They don't say it has to be working code :).
Re: Can you code this fast?
by borisz (Canon) on Oct 06, 2004 at 12:15 UTC
    I really have to take a typewriter course. The fastest writer can do 37500 chars for about 50min. This is fast. Then without thinking about the code she can produce ~9K lines per day.
    37500 * 60 / 50 * 8 / 40 9000

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