1. Unofficial Shell Scripting Stylesheet

... reading the UNIX source code to the Bourne shell (/bin/sh). I was shocked at how much simple algorithms could be made cryptic, and therefore useless, by a poor choice of code style. I asked myself, Could someone be proud of this code?

--Landon Noll

[124] In this context, magic numbers have an entirely different meaning than the magic numbers used to designate file types.