[TUHS] C question for the historians

ron minnich rminnich at gmail.com
Thu Nov 9 06:13:31 AEST 2017

There's a lot of weird lore around use of C nowadays, a lot of it in my
experience from folks who come from Java. But this w & MASK discussion is
one of the weirder ones.

For me one of the worst is the 80-column requirement that came from out of
I don't know where. Let's see, we're all getting 4k monitors, and yet
80 columns is how we have to write code? Hollerith would be proud.

On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 11:05 AM Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 08, 2017 at 06:14:20PM +0000, Ralph Corderoy wrote:
> > is better then why stop there?  Why not
> >
> >     if (((w & MASK) != FALSE) == TRUE)
> Thanks for this, that's the perfect come back to the pedantic folks.
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