The Art of Assembly Language. Page i. The Art of Assembly Language. (Brief Contents). Forward Why Would Anyone Learn This Stuff?. Understanding Assembly Language. (Reverse Engineering for Beginners). Why two titles? Read here: on page xiv. Dennis Yurichev. Assembly language is a low-level programming language for a computer, or other Assembly language is converted into executable machine code by a utility.
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That's what this book is for: to get you started as an assembly-language your typical "introduction" to assembly language and not get lost by page 6. x Assembly Language. Programming with. Ubuntu. Ed Jorgensen. Version January Page 2. Cover image: Top view of an Intel central. The purpose of this book is to give the reader a better understanding of how computers really work at a lower level than in programming.
It is necessary to have an idea of the architecture of the MIPS processor if one i s to program it in assembly language. Chapter 4 begins by outlining the syntax used in a MIPS assembly language program. It then considers a simple example program. The instructions used in this program are introduced. Additional simple load, store and arithmetic instructions are introduced, together with some example programs illustrating their use. Chapter 5 looks at a program length. Familiarity with a few assembly language instructions, such as basic load, store and simple arithmetic operations, is needed, together with the concept of program loops.
A program loop allows an operation to be repeated a number of times, without having toenter the assembly language instructions explicitly. For example, to sum up 50 numbers, one would not have 50 add instructions in the program but instead would have the add instruction once and go round a loop 50 times.
For any given operation, such as load, add or branch, there arc many different ways to speci fy the address of the operand s. The different ways of determining the address are called addressing modes.
Chapter 6 looks at the different addressing modes of the MIPS processor and shows how all instructions can fit into a single four-byte word.
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Some sample pro grams are included to show additional addressin g modes in action. Chapter 7 first looks at shift and rotate instructions. It then considers logical instructions, showing in an example program how these instructions can be used to convert a decimal number to an ASCII string in hexadecimal format.
Logical, shift and rotate instructions are all used to manipulate the individual bits of a word. Chapter 8 first introduces the stack data structure, and then illustrates its usage with a program to reverse a string using a stack.
The techniques to support procedure calls in MIPS assembly language are then studied. Procedures allow programs to be br ok en in to small er, more manageable, units. They are fundamental to the development of programs longer than a few dozen statements. Procedures allow the reuse of the same group of statements many times by referring to them by name rather than repeating the code.
In addition, procedures make large programs easier to read and understand. Stack frames, needed to implement procedure calls, are discussed. Especially in That was a lot even for Forgive me, but I'm struggling to understand how much useful work one could extract from a computer with only 32k of RAM.
A microcontroller for an appliance, sure, but a mainframe? Could you tell us more about the work you were doing? In , a company named Telemed built an Electrocardiograph analysis service where hospitals would call in from all around the country and send ECGs over the telephone line with analog FM signals, three channels at a time.
The computer located near Chicago would accept the incoming call, digitize the three analog signals every 2ms to 10 bits, write them to disk, and decode the touch-tone patient ID.
When the call was completed, the data from disk would be assembled into a full ECG record and written to tape, and simultaneously passed to the diagnostic program written in Fortran. The system would then initiate a phone call to the hospital's printer and print out an English-language diagnostic. The result was then available in ten minutes to the staff a the hospital.
The front end and back end was all Sigma 5 first SDS then Xerox midrange real-time computer assembler in an interrupt-rich process--one interrupt every 2ms for the analog, one interrupt for the disk write complete, interrupts for the tape record writing, interrupts for the outgoing phone call progress.
This included an cost optimization process that would choose which line this was in the days of WATS lines based on desired response time. This all took place in a machine with 32k words four bytes per word.
There were two computers, one nominally used for development, but could be hot-switched if the other failed. I think downtime was on the order of an hour per year.
This would have been called an Expert System, but I don't think the term was in common use as yet. So the answer to your question is: Today we are all spoiled by environments with more memory on one machine than existed in the entire world at that time. Thank you, that's brilliant! It is unfortunate that the source code is lost to humanity, as an example of what is possible.
Ah, I could replicate it with a bunch of time and likely emulators. There wasn't anything secret about it, just good engineering with an innovation or two. The one that was the coolest was to use coroutines to kind of invert the inner loop.
In the middle of the loop was a macro call that said "Get interrupt from the OS" which simply translated as a WAIT that would fire when the particular interrupt came in. We wrapped coroutine around this to properly save and restore state. This particular code that used the coroutine was the outbound call processing low-level stuff. We had zero single-thread errors and one multi-thread error when we stood it up. Keep in mind that this was in the days of no debuggers other than console switches.
If you want examples of how far you can go packing way too many things in too little code, you may be interested in the demoscene! Bromskloss 9 months ago. I would not have guessed that there were automatic ECG analysis in ! Was it good?
Are today's methods any better? We were the first commercial offering. There was one or two working at universities.
It was quite good. I would imagine that they are--I haven't kept track. But to further comment -- The landscape is vastly different these days. You can't even stand up something in a medical environment that measures heart rate, much less waveforms without significant clinical trials. Apparently the FDA is all over this one. Can you please share more stories of that time with us?
Maybe write them somewhere? I should write up a blog post.
When I do, I'll submit it here. You really really should! That was a fascinating read, thanks for sharing. A key thing to remember is that 32k of RAM isn't the only memory available; often there was all sorts of longer term storage, and in many cases the data for a job was separate than the machine running the program, which could feed that data in using a number of methods.
Today's programs load entire files into RAM because it's available; back then you might load a single record from the file at a time, and there were routines to seek through the offline data subject to optimization and manage the working memory more effectively.
It's also worth remembering that, at the time, a machine with 32k of RAM was one of the most powerful on the market, was still considerably expensive, and the alternative was paying a team of humans to do the work by hand. For all its shortcomings and the insane complexity required to get the machines to work properly, they were generally much faster than humans performing the same task and generally assuming they were programmed correctly could be relied on to make fewer mistakes.
Their utility was remarkable, especially their ability to perform arithmetic very quickly, which was and still is quite tedious to perform by hand.
TylerE 9 months ago.
Oblig NASA factoid: Whew, excellent point. That raises another question, though—how much computational work did that computer have to do?
The Apollo computer did things like control rocket burns, provide navigational information, etc. More information http: The source is on Github, too, for example: The original gameboy has 8K of RAM and the first and second gen pokemon games run on it. Most of the hard work is done by the graphics and sound hardware. Fairly large games though.
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You could land a spaceship in the moon with a computer with less RAM. People do amazing things with primitive tools. An aside: Mainframes still exist. IBM still sells them, and you can do things like hotswap CPUs and RAM or setup an geographically distributed HA cluster that can swap which mainframe the VMs or databases are "running" on without dropping connections, requests, or other interruptions.
One of the four large banks in my country I worked at only a few years ago still managed all their internal change management process on a fairly old IBM mainframe. You had to connect via an arcane telnet client tn protocol perhaps?
No fancy web forms. Perhaps it was a limitation of the application, but you couldn't mix uppercase and lowercase in the one form. The PDP 11? I think so, but maybe 7? Instead of viewport-centric geometry scans doing texture lookup, they scanned in texture-space less swapping.
Thanks for sharing.
No matter how you feel, posting like this will get your account banned. Maybe too much content? Probably too much content for a beginner book? The great things is that it is an easy read and really starts from the basic and explains how the i architecture works, and then explains how to program it using assembly. The sad thing is that afaik the author is quite old and probably is not going to release a 4th edition, meaning that the book will stay on intel i It must be difficult to write a good assembly book.
On one hand there's a lot of basics to cover, like memory addressing, segmentation registers, etc. But on the other hand, the main use case for it today is hand optimized functions for when the compiler can't optimize enough, which is inherently an advanced topic.
There is another use: Understanding compiler behavior and reverse engineering. Those mostly need reading skills. Incredibly readable! Best introduction on the background of how CPUs work and what machine language is about. I have read 2-nd edition. Great book!
The fact that the document targets multiple architectures is great, most ASM tutorials online target solely x86 and as such give a very partial view of how assembly is written and how CPUs work, and on top of that x86 ASM is really quite a mess. I've skimmed the document and it seems rather thorough and doesn't shy away from all the nasty details which is a good thing for an ASM tutorial , the only criticism I have so far is that the assembly listings are a bit hard to read, additional whitespace and basic syntax highlighting at least to isolate the comments would make it a bit easier on the eyes I think, for instance: Syntax highlighting is a great idea.
It didn't even bother me but this is coming from a guy that had a hard copy print out of the programmers reference. This seems to the same text as the author's Reverse Engineering for Beginners https: Yeah, I'm a little confused about this "build" of the pdf. It clearly states: Anyway, this new submission with a new title made take a look, so I'm happy: There's a dormant? The title pages are different. The Reverse Engineering book's title text is hex digits, and is dated July 9, The Assembly Language book's title page is English text, and is dated today, July 17, And there is no mention of the Assembly Language book on his home page, yurichev.
Fun fact: At one point when I was considerably younger I started learning bit x86 assembly as my very naive career goal was to become the next Linux Torvalds.
I managed to construct a multiboot-compliant bit kernel that could load tasks from a ext2 ramdisk image passed to the bootloader and multitask up to around 64 processes. I figured out how to use the CR3 register and craft page tables, enter into kernel syscalls using software interrupts, handle CPU faults, page faults, double faults etc. It was quite the learning experience until it eventually crumbled under my lack of skill and foresight.For any given operation, such as load, add or branch, there arc many different ways to speci fy the address of the operand s.
That will only tell you what a compiler will generate, though, which sometimes isn't enough. Examples have included firmware for telephones, automobile fuel and ignition systems, air-conditioning control systems, security systems, and sensors.
February 27, Submitted To: You could land a spaceship in the moon with a computer with less RAM. By Rahul Yadav.
Instruction set simulators for monitoring, tracing and debugging where additional overhead is kept to a minimum Situations where no high-level language exists, on a new or specialized processor.
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