April 6th, 2005
Comparisons like this give me the creeps. It just doesn't make any sense: what is "language", and what is "library"? For instance, I once saw such a comparison between Python and Java. The Python program was using something like
HTTP:: (forgot the right syntax), while the Java counterpart implemented the
http get by itself. Using commons-httpclient would have reduced the lines of code tremendously.
Anyway, I suppose people are still looking for useful metrics in the programming world. Not an easy job, but I thought that we all already agreed that "LOC" is not a very good one.