C Code and the Art of Obfuscation

February 2, 2007

Lloyd Markle

In the early days of computer science coding was viewed as an art. In the modern world of software engineering we may have lost the art to make way for rules and best practices. The International Obfuscated C Code Contest offers a chance for the coder to think beyond the rules of software engineering and unleash their creative side. We’ll explore some of the more interesting entries in the past, take a closer look at some exotic C syntax, and finish up by exploring Bruce Holloway’s 1986 entry.