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The other day on twitter I asked about large projects, and I wanted to bring the question to the larger audience here.

'Large project' is often used without saying what it means. What does it mean to you? What do you think it means to others?

We hear vague descriptions about project size tossed about all the time: Ruby on Rails is better for small projects. Java is for large projects. Skip the framework for small projects, but I recommend using one for large projects.

What factors go into determining the "size" of a project? Certainly lines of code and the size of the team are considerations. Perhaps we should include the number of users as well. What would you add?

I suspect that to developers who tend to work alone on projects, a large one might be dozens of thousands of lines of code. For those who work in moderate size teams, say with half a dozen members, we might hear a few hundred thousand lines of code. For large teams in the teen-range, I'd expect millions of lines. What about teams with 50-100 developers?

I think makes a difference when you're giving advice on various aspects as to what constitutes a large project (or, if you believe the advice is relative in those aspects, say why), so I'm interested to hear your thoughts.

So I ask, what is a "large project" to you? What do you think it means to others?

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