...who claimed that the ratio is more recently closer to 50x. I see no reason to disbelieve him. While a simple *doubling* of productivity and clarity could easily be gained through the insights of any of the great books mentioned, one should not interpret these ratios to mean "10x or 50x more lines of code" (and I would be suspicious of programmers who 'wear out keyboards'. If you are doing more typing than thinking, you're on irc, not writing great code.) Any old programming fart (guilty) will cite Dijkstra's observation that a line of code is a liability, not an asset. So real productivity gain must be through leverage, tool-building, and paradigm shifts - and reuse, not reinventing wheels.
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