OK it is Friday lunchtime so please excuse the lack of intellectualrigour but I was just reading the Royal Pingdom blog (http://royal.pingdom.com/2009/07/06/quirky-but-mostly-useful-software-development-rules/) which mentioned Writh’s law that states that Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster. I was wondering how this compared to Moore’s law which states simply that hardware will double in capacity every two years.
From Wikipedia I got the number of lines of code for various home based windows operating system since 1993. I then normalised the results for 1993 and plotted the results on a graph.
OK so this is a very rough analysis as LoC is not a good comparative measure but I think the results is interesting as it would suggest that Writh’s law may not be true.