Oracle FAQ Your Portal to the Oracle Knowledge Grid

Home -> Community -> Mailing Lists -> Oracle-L -> RE: OT -- Boston Globe job listings

RE: OT -- Boston Globe job listings

From: Stephen Lee <Stephen.Lee_at_DTAG.Com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 08:59:24 -0800
Message-ID: <>

Back in the days when I used to do configuration management (among other things), I saw which programmers were producing what code and found that a
"good" programmer would average about 10 - 20 times the amount of a
"typical" programmer. And a "kick ass" programmer would produce about 100
times the code everyone else; and the code is better quality.

I have seen that the most important factor in development costs are the ability of the management to build a staff of programmers who are in the
"good" to "kick ass" range -- a process that seems to take about 3 to 5
years depending on the job/employee market. But my experience has been rare that management understands that, in terms of cost per line of code, the best programmers are the most cost-effective programmers.

The best programmer I ever saw usually produced about 100 times the output of the rest of the entire project staff; and he was working on the most difficult parts of the application. He also packed both his upper and lower gums with Copenhagen snuff, smoked cigarettes, drank coffee, and wore a nicotine patch. I'm not kidding; we're talking wired to the max.

Please see the official ORACLE-L FAQ:
Author: Stephen Lee
  INET: Stephen.Lee_at_DTAG.Com

Fat City Network Services    -- 858-538-5051
San Diego, California        -- Mailing list and web hosting services
To REMOVE yourself from this mailing list, send an E-Mail message
to: (note EXACT spelling of 'ListGuru') and in
the message BODY, include a line containing: UNSUB ORACLE-L
(or the name of mailing list you want to be removed from).  You may
also send the HELP command for other information (like subscribing).
Received on Thu Aug 14 2003 - 11:59:24 CDT

Original text of this message