Or should that be while ( 1 ) ; because the style is now to leave a space around parentheses and various punctuation marks because it's more readable. However, when I was learning C, I was told to get rid of spaces around parentheses because it made my code harder to read.
From what you've said, you've been programming long enough to have formed your own opinion. Have you?
One of the lessons I learnt quite early on in my career -- thanks to a boss (and mentor) who favoured independent thought over group-think -- was that I should arrive at my own conclusions rather than accepting received wisdom. His words were (roughly):
Listen to others arguments -- when they can be separated from opinion -- but draw your own conclusions.
That has stood the test of time -- nearly 25 years -- and continues to serve me well.
It allows me to perceive group-think; badly justified 'rules'; the latest greatest fads; and preserved-in-aspic dogma; for what they are: lazy thinking and/or born-again over-corrections. Let your own powers of reason be your guide.