To learn what kind of "software" project my automated testing team faces (I consider test automation a certain kind of software project), I assessed the size of our automated (functional, GUI-focussed) test suite. One key figure imho is the number of lines that our scripts consist of, surely listing comment and blank line separately from real code lines.
Now I'd like to find popular reference projects, either automated test suites, or applications, and their LOC figures to give an impression if our LOC count is astoundingly high (which I think it is), or not, in comparison to the test coverage (and other automated testing features) delivered.
Where can I find such figures? Where should I search? All I find easily is the LOC wikipedia article listing LOC figures for popular OS software project sources. In particular, I failed to find automated test suites' metrics.
While I think this does not make a big difference, our project is HP ALM- and HP UFT-based, with BPTs (i.e. business process testing tests, and components).
P.S.: I do understand LOC count is not the sole key indicator to look at, not even the most important one. It is, however, one of the most tangible ones that I have, enabling me to trigger thinking about what the code does, what coverage it delivers, if that is the kind of coverage we want, and if so, if it is efficiently maintainable -- and what alternatives we might have.