The Case For Using Lines of Code In Metrics

John Hartley
4 min readOct 10, 2022

Are you nuts?

Slaps Hand. TOO MANY LINES! — Photo by Danial Igdery on Unsplash

Maybe, but let’s dive a bit further and see where we end up!

The History of Lines of Code and Goodhart’s Law

Early in any programmer’s career journey they hear some variation of the Bill Atkinson at Apple story. Essentially he had a major win for QuickDraw back in 1982 by removing 2,000 lines…

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John Hartley

Engineering leader with a passion for building and growing teams. Writing about leadership and management in the tech industry. Director of Eng @ Curology