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Introduction To 80X86 Assembly Language And Computer Architecture 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0763772239
ISBN-10: 0763772232
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2 edition (February 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763772232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763772239
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Michael Myers on December 28, 2003
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I bought this book as a refresher and as a reference to keep on my shelf at work, where I need to write (or at least read and understand) some Intel x86 assembly from time to time. I was looking for something that wasn't as outdated as my college textbook, "80X86 IBM PC and Compatible Computers: Assembly Language, Design, and Interfacing, Vols. 1 and 2" by Mazidi et al (mine is the second edition). That is the problem with a lot of assembly books, is that they pre-date the 32-bit instruction set (the 80386 and higher CPUs) and hence they give a lot of bad and just wrong advice. This book does not have that problem, which is good. It also does a great job of helping the high-level language programmer understand how their programming language constructs translate into assembly instructions and actually take place. I have never seen a good explanation of that outside of articles by disassemblers and reverse engineers, but every programmer ought to know these concepts because it may come in handy when debugging some day.
But although it serves as an excellent introduction to the material, it is on the thin side (500 pages) for the hefty textbook price it wields. It's just not comprehensive, nor does it have any practical programming lessons for the reader. Unlike my college textbook above, which was used for a two semester senior-level course, this textbook just doesn't cover what I want (a practical guide to using assembly in the field, as opposed to just in the classroom). I don't think it's thorough enough for a comprehensive college course in the subject. When you finish the book, you may understand assembly, but you won't know what to do with it (or what you can do with it). Nor is it thorough enough to be used as a reference material for work.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Riccardo Audano on November 22, 2003
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Great starting point for learning 32 bits assembly language with
DOS and Windows. The only defect of this book is its unbelievable price... surely due to the fact that is used a college textbook so the poor students have no choice but squander their savings on it. Luckily the content is very good,
the teaching style is excellent ( the author uses macros initially to do input and output so you won't be overwhelmed by lots of material just to write and read from the keyboard, and after you have played a bit a learned the basics he goes on explaining them). You can certainly read this book with no prior exposure to assembly and computer inner workings.
You 'better have at least some exp with a high level language,
and if you don't, why on earth do you want to start programming with assembly? Masochisms?
The one word that comes to mind about this book and author is CLARITY. It is certainly not a fun
read, but it is so clear that it is not boring.
Compliments to Richard and one star less than the max because of the rip-off price. (Get it used!)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2003
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02/07/2003 - UK
I have read many introductory books on 80x86 assembly language. Every book I have read had some problems (not up to date, 16 bits only, segmented model, dos only, too long and boring, etc...) For the first time I found no disadvantages!
This book is easy to understand and it is for beginners; still, it is not trivial nor boring! It is interesting and somehow challenging. It is up-to-date: 32 bits, flat model, windows APIs, and MASM. It comes with a CD with all the software you need. Of course the book includes only basic assembly instructions (no directx, no SSE, etc...).
I strongly believe this is the best introductory book for learning 80x86 assembly language.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "andrew_d_k" on November 12, 2002
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This excellent addition to any programmers library is the only assembly language book that focuses entirely on the 32 bit flat memory model (under Windows). Sixteen bit programming is mentioned only to fill in background details where needed. Early chapters give an introduction to binary and hexadecimal numbers and a brief overview of computer hardware before discussing how to assemble and link programs plus step through their execution using the Windbg debugger. Subsequent chapters delve into the various assembly instructions, explaining not only the instructions themselves but also what flags are set, the size of the instructions in bytes plus the number of clock cycles consumed in their execution (for the 386, 486 and pentium architectures). Lastly, features such as macros, the assembly process, floating point architecture and the authors own input/output macros (used in earlier chapters to simplify coding) plus other input/output details are discussed.
Throughout the writing is lucid and to the point, with numerous references to high level constructs and how they may be implemented in assembly language. Coming from a C++ background this book filled in numerous gaps in my knowledge, making it a lot easier to get to grips with what the compiler was doing to my C++ code. Though aimed at the student this is a worthwhile investment for anyone interested in exploring 32 bit assembly programming under Windows. My only complaints are the complete lack of answers for any of the exercises given throughout the book plus the horrendous cost. However the clarity and depth of the explanations in the text go some way towards making up for this. A further bonus is the CD package which includes MASM (ML 6.11), Windbg, plus all source code and needed support files.
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