16 September 2021

Lines of Code (LOC)

Lines of Code (LOC) definition

  • It isn’t a code quality metric.
  • Lines of Code is the number of lines in the text of the program’s source code.

Lines of Code purpose

  • Lines of Code is Code Metric which checks the Code Health.
    • Lines of Code (LOC) measures reward low level languages because more lines of code are needed to deliver a similar amount of functionality to a higher level language.C. Jones offers a method of correcting this in his work.
    • LOC measures are not useful during early project phases where estimating the number of lines of code that will be delivered is challenging.
    • However, Function Points can be derived from requirements and therefore are useful in methods such as estimation by proxy.

Lines of Code practice

  • Lines of Code indicates the total number of executable lines of code in a method.
    • This count is an approximate number, based on the Intermediate Language (IL) code.
    • A high count might indicate that a type or method is doing too much work
    • A high count might also be a warning that code will be hard to maintain
    • Lines of Code include only executable lines of code, so comments, braces, white space and member declarations are excluded.

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