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Discussion on: Is "C Programming language" Still Worth Learning in 2021?

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Sergiy Yevtushenko • Edited

learn the best practices

But keep in mind that they are not a dogma and should be broken if there is a significant reason for that.

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Andrew Harpin

Agreed, if you can justify the need to do something with a particular unconventional approach, then go for it.

BUT it must be well documented, with the emphasis on how it works and that changes must be carefully considered.

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Sergiy Yevtushenko

Again, it depends. For example, now I'm working on a personal project (it's not C but Java). Among goals of this project is the search for new style of writing code. I'm often rewrite code several times in order to make it easier to read and/or more reliable. When I get code which looks satisfactory I often discover that it violates one or more Sonar rules (i.e. "best practices"). In vast majority of cases the considerations behind those rules are no longer valid because whole approach is different. What I'm trying to say is that "best practices" is a set of compatible rules/guides/considerations and there might be more than one such a set.