This book fills a real need right now. It is the only book available that (a) is readable by new programmers, (b) focuses on the cleaner 32-bit assembly language, (c) targets the Linux platform, and (d) uses the tools that are available standard on Linux distributions. The other Linux assembly language books require downloading and installing third-party assemblers, while this book uses the one that comes with the gcc tool chain.
This book also fills a need in the industry. Right now there are numerous programmers who either never got a formal education or went to a school that did not require assembly language programming. When you don't understand assembly language, you miss out on learning how the computer thinks and acts underneath the hood. This book has helped numerous programmers come back and learn assembly language and really understand how the computer works. If assembly language has been a "black magic" subject for you, this book will help you out.
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This book uses the right tools, GNU Assembler and Linux on x86, and gives a very good introduction to assembly programming.
I'm a student who used this book as the text for the assembly portion of a systems programing class.
Although the name of this book is programming the ground up, it doesn't actually teach you programming from the ground up. Read morePublished on March 17, 2010 by M K
_Absolutely_ fantastic book! Bartlett did a fantastic job with this book and I can't thank him enough for sharing his vast knowledge on ultra-low-level programming concepts. Read morePublished on January 29, 2009 by Jonathon