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Matthew Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062749

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.001.0001

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Obfuscated Code1

Obfuscated Code1

Obfuscated Code1
Software Studies

Nick Montfort

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the concept of obfuscated code or programming, which is an indecipherable and concise program or source code that is unpredictable to humans. It states that the roots of this concept connect with the BASIC programs of early times and also describes the interrelationship with other programming languages. The next parts of the chapter explain the role of The International Obfuscated C Code Contest in handling these programs and the purpose of these coding techniques in the current scenario. The chapter represents the advantages and disadvantages of obfuscated programming, with illustrations.

Keywords:   obfuscated code/programming, programming languages, C Code Contest, BASIC programs

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