- Paperback: 613 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (May 24, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471375233
- ISBN-13: 978-0471375234
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
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Assembly Language Step-by-step: Programming with DOS and Linux (with CD-ROM) Paperback – May 24, 2000
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The bestselling guide to assembly language-now updated and expanded to include coverage of Linux
This new edition of the bestselling guide to assembly programming now covers DOS and Linux! The Second Edition begins with a highly accessible overview of the internal operations of the Intel-based PC and systematically covers all the steps involved in writing, testing, and debugging assembly programs.
Expert author Jeff Duntemann then presents working example programs for both the DOS and Linux operating systems using the popular free assembler NASM. He also includes valuable information on how to use procedures and macros, plus rare explanations of assembly-level coding for Linux, all of which combine to offer a comprehensive look at the complexities of assembly programming for Intel processors.
Providing you with the foundation to create executable assembly language programs, this book:
* Explains how to use NASM-IDE, a simple program editor and assembly-oriented development environment
* Details the most used elements of the 86-family instruction set
* Teaches about DEBUG, the single most useful tool you have as an assembly language programmer
* Examines the operations that machine instructions force the CPU to perform
* Discusses the process of memory addressing
* Covers coding for Linux
The CD-ROM includes:
* Net-Wide Assembler (NASM) for both DOS and Linux
* NASM-IDE, a command shell and code editor for DOS
* ALINK, a free linker for DOS programming
* All program code examples from the book
About the Author
JEFF DUNTEMANN is the Editor-in-Chief of Visual Developer magazine, former editor of Turbo Technix and PC Techniques, the "Structured Programming"columnist for Dr. Dobb's Journal, and has written and edited more than twenty programming books.
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Of course, no book can cover "it all" (except maybe the Good Book). You'll need to buy more after this. Just think of Step-by-Step as a "primer" (you couldn't expect to read and understand War and Peace if you can't understand Run-away Bunny). This book is writen by a 30-year veteren of assembly language (among other languages) and of technology and electronics in general. His knowledge is vast and he understands that imposing that vast knowledge on a beginner all at once would be illogical. So, in the authors own words, this book is intended to help you learn how to learn assembly. I'm sure you've heard it before in other tech-book reviews: "You won't be a/n <insert something> wiz once you finish reading this book." But you'll at least get out of the starting-gate with a decent grasp of assembly. A cool feature is that the book contains a CD with an excellent FREE assember called NASM, among various other necessities. The newness of the book is also refreshing (published in 2000).
I'm rating this book with 5 stars because I really believe that it will get a person of moderate intelligence comfortable with beginning assembly coding and assembling/linking. Of course, if you consider yourself a bit more than moderately intelligent, then perhaps an assembly book other than this one will suit you better.
PS- Some prior programming experience would be helpful with your comprehension of the material in this book. What is ABSOLUTELY essential is the FIRM grasp of binary numbers, hexadecimal numbers! Thankfully, the book devotes some time to this topics discussion.
For beginners in low-level programming, I give this 5 stars. For those with previous (non-x86) low-level programming experience, I give this 3 stars (due to its treatment of rudimentary subjects with which they would already be familiar). This text is not recommended for individuals who have had x86 programming experience unless it is to be used as a quick "refresher" on the basics. A suggested follow-up text for this is Peter Abel's IBM PC Assembly Language and Programming (5th Edition).
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