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would you also criticize newton's principia mathematica because he expressed the concept of infinitesimals using geometry instead of using liebniz's or lagrange's arguably clearer notations?

K&R was written in a different time, where computing had stricter (but not really different) constraints, but it's still arguably the clearest expositions of the language around.

considering computing hasn't changed that much since K&R was written, it's unlikely your idea of good code differs much from what was done 40 years ago. for example, functional programming, which is the popular dogma today, was invented around that time.

take the good (it's not hard to find in a book like K&R), discard the (perceived) bad, and move on with your life.

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