Re: Coding standards. (Was: Re: [PATCH] [2.5] Non-blocking write can block)

From: Richard B. Johnson (
Date: Mon Jun 09 2003 - 12:49:08 EST

On Mon, 9 Jun 2003, Eli Carter wrote:

> Davide Libenzi wrote:
> > On Mon, 9 Jun 2003, [iso-8859-1] J?rn Engel wrote:
> >
> >
> >>In the case of the kernel, there is quite a bit of horrible coding
> >>style. But a working device driver for some hardware is always better
> >>that no working device driver for some hardware, and if enforcing the
> >>coding style more results is scaring away some driver writers, the
> >>style clearly loses.
> >
> >
> > There's no such a thing as "horrible coding style", since coding style is
> > strictly personal. Whoever try to convince you that one style is better
> > than another one is simply plain wrong. Every reason they will give you to
> > justify one style can be wiped with other opposite reasons. The only
> > horrible coding style is to not respect coding standards when you work
> > inside a project.
> I beg to differ: ;)
> Eli

Last I looked, we had a good example in the Buslogic SCSI driver.
However, just in case it's been changed, I submit herewith an
example of real code written by a "professional".

// This is an example of the kind of 'C' code that is being written
// by so-called experts. It is unreadable, illogical, but it works.
// I wish I was kidding! This is the junk I see being written right
// now by so-called professional programmers!
// Richard B. Johnson
#define SuccessfulReturnValue 0
typedef int MainReturnType;
typedef int DefaultCounterType;
typedef void NothingWeCareAbout;
typedef const char StringThatIsntGoingToBeModified;
typedef char StringThatCanBeModified;
MainReturnType main(NothingWeCareAbout);
StringThatIsntGoingToBeModified MessageToBeWrittenToTheScreen[]={0x48,0x64,0x6e,0x6f,0x6b,0x25,0x71,0x68,0x7a,0x65,0x6e,0x2a,0x0c};
MainReturnType main(){
    StringThatCanBeModified LocalStringBuffer[sizeof(MessageToBeWrittenToTheScreen)];
    DefaultCounterType CharacterCounter;
    return SuccessfulReturnValue;

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.4.20 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).
Why is the government concerned about the lunatic fringe? Think about it.

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