Thousands of Lines of Code (KLOC)

Last updated: September 26, 2012

What Does Thousands of Lines of Code (KLOC) Mean?

Thousands (Kilos) of Lines of Code (KLOC) is a measure used to evaluate the size of a software program. KLOCs are often used to estimate the required time for a team to build a project.


Techopedia Explains Thousands of Lines of Code (KLOC)

KLOC is sometimes used to measure team productivity. In theory, a measure like KLOC enables development firms to calculate the efficiency per developer.

That being said, most developers would believe that such measures are at best simplistic, and at worst outright useless. In many ways, a more productive developer will write less code to solve a problem in a more elegant manner. Developers aren't workers in a factory producing widgets. Anybody who thinks they can measure developer productivity by lines of code has clearly never written a line of code themselves.


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