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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Thursday September 26, 2002
04:57 PM

Perl: quantitatively more productive

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Ever hear of function points? I'm about to take a test in software engineering where I'll need to know about them. You can estimate the number of function points in a program before writing it, and then use the number of function points to predict the effort required to write the program.

My textbook has a chart that says 1 FP can be coded in approximately 128 lines of C, 64 lines of C++, or 12 lines of SQL (to pick some interesting examples off the chart). Perl is not included. However, I see here that in one study, 1 FP could be implemented in 53 lines of C++ ... or 21 lines of Perl. :) (Actually, they seem to be speaking of some different language called PERL, but it sounds similar.)

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