It's clear that the launch of Healthcare.gov has not gone well, but one
positive thing has come out of it: the hilarious spectacle of White House
reporters who suddenly turn into web programming gurus.
For example, here's MSNBC's Chuck Todd, helpfully offering his professional
opinion that if extreme traffic is really to blame for the problems, all they
have to do is add a server and everything will be fixed "in a heartbeat."
This is me, shaking my head.
And then, to make the media's tech fail even more ridiculous, we have the New
York Times making the absolutely absurd claim that the Healthcare.gov web
application contains _500 million lines of code:_ Contractors See Weeks of
Work on Health Site.
> According to one specialist, the Web site contains about 500 million lines
of software code. By comparison, a large bank's computer system is typically
about one-fifth that size.
I did a double take when I read this paragraph. For comparison, the entire
Windows 7 operating system contains about 50 million lines of code. The ACA
website is a government project so there's undoubtedly some middleware bloat
involved, but half a billion lines of code is simply ...