[oclug] Assembler (was Re: Easiest and most useful language...)
greg at cr1004769-a.slnt1.on.wave.home.com
Thu Feb 8 10:17:07 EST 2001
>>>>> "David" == David F Skoll <dfs at roaringpenguin.com> writes:
David> On Tue, 6 Feb 2001, Andrew Hutton wrote:
>> If your end goal is to learn how computers work... and you feel
>> up to it... pick up a 68000 assembly book at a used book shop.
>> ALL of the really clueful people I respect for their computing
>> knowledge seem to have started with ASM of some kind. It
>> teaches respect, humility, and exactly WHY you do things a
>> certain way.
David> It depends on which assembler you learn. I was lucky
David> enough to learn 6809 as my first assembler language. The
David> Motorola 6809 was used in the Radio Shack Color Computer.
David> Even though it was an 8-bit processor, it had a wonderful
David> instruction set and many useful addressing modes.
David> When I finally learned Intel assembler, I almost threw up.
David> I'm sure if I'd started with x86 assembler, I would have
David> been put off for life. :-)
I think that's why Andrew suggested 68000 assembler. It's quite
regular* (given the the 68000 was supposed to be an improved PDP-11
ahh... memories: mov (r1+),(r2+); *p++ = *q++). The 8086 is really
*(well, we'll forget about XOR..., and the 68020 extensions)
David> -- David.
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