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    Obfuscated C and Other Mysteries is one of my favorite programming books, so it was really cool to see more information about this infamous entry. Libes’s book only covers the first 7 years of the contest – I would love to see someone pick up where he left off and continue the analysis. There are several contest winners that are just solid blocks of hyper-condensed code running a tiny interpreter for a bespoke language in which the actual program lives, but there are also many others that are fasinating and weirdly creative. (One of my favorites is a tiny text adventure built entirely in the preprocessor. A move made by compiling the program with different flags, and the error message displays the game’s response.)

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      (ngl though seeing a pdp-11 emulated in a translucent terminal window over an anime-girl background was a bit of a kick in the gut)

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