- 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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From the Back Cover
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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Thing is, people are increasingly interested in having someone else do the grunt work and write handy apps for their PCs and handhelds. I'm of a generation that had to pretty much fend for itself, and I liked it like that, although I don't shirk at using someone else's efforts. I used Ubuntu, and not just because it is all free (though that is appealing), but it is supported and developed by a world-wide community of people who enjoy the give and take, the sharing of ideas and common interests that go hand-in-hand across the whole Open Source movement. What we do today is search online and share. What we did before was bone up on subjects from books and take classes. You need to play it both ways if you really want to get ahead of the game. I know. I was able to stretch a 35-year career out of it, and in technology, that takes some doing
As the author said that he set out to write a book that "taught people how to program in assembly language as ther first experience in programming"; the book lives up to that promise.
Unlike many other books that rushes through basic concepts and dives into assembly instruction, the author has great explanations of every concepts in assembly. I especially liked the metaphors approach to describe many difficult concepts.
The NASM assembler and NASM-IDE tools included in the book is another bonus to the book. The author also has a web site to for book errata, links to other great web pages about assembly.
The author dedicated the last 100 pages of the book to Linux programming, and done a decent job at it. I agree with him that the reason he did not choose Windows was that the results from learning and programming windows applications in Assembly is not worth the time. However, I wondered if it would be better that if the author spend that last 100 pages on building something useful with assembly, like a hex editor, so that we get a better feel for the language. He could write a book on programming in assembly for Linux.
But, overall, the book is so well-written, living up to the title: Step by Step - that I didn't even feel any difficulty learning the concepts, as I did in other books.
Just like a procedural language like C and an object-oriented languages like C++ or Small Talk requires a difference thought process, so does Assembly Language versus C++ or C#. Jeff does a masterful and humorous job of bridging that gap.
This book shouldn't be titled "Assembly Language Step by Step" it should be called "Pre-Assembly Language." The book actually teaches very little Assembly Language, instead, it teaches foundational corner stones such as memory models, CPU function, memory access, binary and hexadecimal numbering systems, and registers. These things are generally glossed over in most text books, yet end up being the most important part. Jeff realized this flaw in other books and wrote this classic. The time to get this book is a semester BEFORE you take a class in Assembly Language, THEN that class in Assembly Language will make more sense. Especially if your going to learn Assembly Language on Intel's 80x86 architecture.
If you're going to learn MIPS or RISC processor assembly language, I'd still recommend Jeff's book. But, I'd also get "SPARC Architecture, Assembly Language Programming, & C" by Richard P. Paul. Richard does a great job like Jeff, but orients his text toward RISC computers.
I HAVE A COUPLE OF WARNINGS: Jeff recommends "Mastering Turbo Assembler" by Tom Swan as the next step. This recommendation is seriously out of date. You can't by Borland Turbo-Assembler new anymore, and the book deals with mostly 16-bit code. Instead, you should get "Assembly Language for Intel-Based Computers" by Kip Irving. This text is up to date with 32-bit code.
Jeff also recommends a book by Michael Abrash. Though Mike's "Black Book" was a great text, it's out of date. I'd recommend that instead you buy "Code Optimization: Effective Memory Usage" by Kris Kaspersky since it's more up to date..
IMPORTANT TO PURCHASERS: Jeff's book "Assembly Language Step by Step" comes with a disk with NASM and programs examples. Unfortunately, they're "READ-ONLY" when you copy them from the disk to the hard drive. You have to change the attribute on every single file to get the program to work. Still NASM and the NASM-IDE are a great addition to the book. If you remove the "READ-ONLY" attribute, you should have no problem.
I hope Jeff will come out with a Third edition to this classic. "Assembly Language Step by Step" should be required as a prerequisite to any Assembly Language class.