The Art of Assembly Language

The Art of Assembly Language

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by Randall Hyde
     
 

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Assembly is a low-level programming language that's one step above a computer's native machine language. Although assembly language is commonly used for writing device drivers, emulators, and video games, many programmers find its somewhat unfriendly syntax intimidating to learn and use.

Since 1996, Randall Hyde's The Art of Assembly Language has provided

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Overview

Assembly is a low-level programming language that's one step above a computer's native machine language. Although assembly language is commonly used for writing device drivers, emulators, and video games, many programmers find its somewhat unfriendly syntax intimidating to learn and use.

Since 1996, Randall Hyde's The Art of Assembly Language has provided a comprehensive, plain-English, and patient introduction to 32-bit x86 assembly for non-assembly programmers. Hyde's primary teaching tool, High Level Assembler (or HLA), incorporates many of the features found in high-level languages (like C, C++, and Java) to help you quickly grasp basic assembly concepts. HLA lets you write true low-level code while enjoying the benefits of high-level language programming.

As you read The Art of Assembly Language, you'll learn the low-level theory fundamental to computer science and turn that understanding into real, functional code.

You'll learn how to:

  • Edit, compile, and run an HLA program
  • Declare and use constants, scalar variables, pointers, arrays, structures, unions, and namespaces
  • Translate arithmetic expressions (integer and floating point)
  • Convert high-level control structures

This much anticipated second edition of The Art of Assembly Language has been updated to reflect recent changes to HLA and to support Linux, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD. Whether you're new to programming or you have experience with high-level languages, The Art of Assembly Language, 2nd Edition is your essential guide to learning this complex, low-level language.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593272074
Publisher:
No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
Publication date:
03/29/2010
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
760
Sales rank:
934,003
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.00(d)

Meet the Author

Randall Hyde is the author of Write Great Code Volumes 1 and 2 (No Starch Press) and the co-author of MASM 6.0 Bible (The Waite Group). He has written for Dr. Dobb's Journal, Byte, and various professional journals. Hyde taught assembly language at the University of California, Riverside for over a decade.

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Art of Assembly Language 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not about assembly language per se, and as such I feel the title was misleading. HLA is a high level language like previously commented on by another reviewer. If I wanted a high level version of assembly, I'd just use ANSI C. There are better books out there for assembly, because 'knowing the language' is much less important than knowing how a CPU operates with the hardware. Assembly language changes by assembler (gas uses AT&T syntax, NASM doesn't, MASM is different as well). Look into Duntemann's book for a good 'newbie' book on assembly. Even though he doesn't cover a lot of the actual mnemonics, he does a good job of explaining the theory and how assembly language works in both DOS and *nix. The DOS background is a plus (assembly in Windows- a nightmare) and if you have any C experience in a *nix environment, you'll love his treatment of *nix. I'd recommend that book over this one any day of the week.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are actually trying to learn REAL assembly language do not buy this book. The whole thing is based on HLA (High level Assembly) and you might as well learn c or c++. The first 5 pages are interesting, but when you realize what you have purchased you will be outraged. I would recommend finding a new book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, without question, the best book available on Pentium/x86 assembly programming. Covers more material that any two other books on this same subject! Definitely a good choice for those who don't already know assembly but would like to learn it.