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ARM Assembly Language: Fundamentals and Techniques 1st Edition
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Some of the explanations are not as clear as they could be, such as the initial explanation of condition codes. The book also covers only the ARMv4T instruction set and THUMB instruction set used in ARM7TDMI and later processors, not the newer instructions or new Unified Assembly Language. This coverage is appropriate for programmers new to ARM, because most code uses the older instructions and much existing code uses the old version of the assembly language.
I'd recommend the ARM architecture to anyone who wants to learn an assembly language because the instruction set is relatively simple compared to other popular architectures (namely Intel x86 and x86-64) and is easy to learn. ARM is a very popular architecture for the quickly growing embedded systems market, and it also contains features that are common in newer processors such as conditional execution of instructions to avoid branches. The book has an emphasis on programming for embedded systems, so it includes examples involving digital signal processing, data communications, and interfacing with peripherals.
The second chapter provides an introduction to ARM's programming model. Chapter 3 gets you up and running with simple programs. The book refers to a freely available IDE you can use to run programs. The author writes, "Learning assembly requires an adventurous programmer" and your first adventure may be looking for more details on the IDE (in Appendix B.)
After installing the IDE, you'll soon be stepping through your first simple assembly language programs on your own. Run sample programs while reading to keep things interesting.
If you press on beyond the simpler examples, Chapter 4 provides Assembler Directives you'll need for more complicated programs. Chapters 5 thru 11 cover essential, common ingredients in program design - addressing, arithmetic, looping. branching, tables, subroutines, stacks, exceptions etc. If you've previously worked with a higher level language like C, you'll see how ARM's assembly code relates. In a number of descriptive examples, C code snippets are translated directly into Assembly Language.
Chapter 12 was my favorite - rolling the prior chapter lessons into an embedded system design with UART, D/A converter, memory map and more. The book's final two chapters cover THUMB, a 16-bit subset of ARM's instruction set, and guidance for mixing C with Assembly.
This book mixes great technical content with a hands-on opportunity to work in ARM code.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was deliverd on time. Ok, it was a used book, but too many pages were crumbled at the edge like someone tossed the book. Should have been mentioned.Published 21 months ago by mongoose
I recommend this book for the ARM-beginners and for those, who want to study ARM-asm for the first time. Try to read it and you will see am I right!Published on May 3, 2013 by Sergey
I bought this book, because I wanted to know how ARM works, and IMO this is the book
I wanted!, its great book, its worth owning, .