Is tape dead?

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Tue Sep 15 14:05:51 CDT 2015

On 09/15/2015 11:49 AM, Richard Loken wrote:
> On Tue, 15 Sep 2015, Chuck Guzis wrote:
>> Maybe that's changed today.  I remember seeing a figure of 11
>> debugged lines of code per day per programmer as the average for a
>> GSA programmer back in the 1980s.
> I remeber that statistic from my youth, too.  What kind of code?
> Fortran? APL?  Cobol?  Assember?  C?

Most likely COBOL.  The GSA types were doing a lot of it back when I 
remember the number.  Probably punched into cards.

Could also have been RPG, or less likely FORTRAN.  Back when I heard the 
statistic, I don't think that federal types had used C.  Maybe JOVIAL or 


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