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REVIEW: "Assembly Language Step-by-Step", Jeff Duntemann

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKASLNSS.RVW 20020718 Assembly Language Step-by-Step , Jeff Duntemann, 2000, 0-471-37523-3, U$49.99/C$77.50 %A Jeff Duntemann www.duntemann.com
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      "Assembly Language Step-by-Step", Jeff Duntemann, 2000, 0-471-37523-3,
      U$49.99/C$77.50
      %A Jeff Duntemann www.duntemann.com jeff@...
      %C 5353 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8
      %D 2000
      %G 0-471-37523-3
      %I John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
      %O U$49.99/C$77.50 416-236-4433 fax: 416-236-4448
      %P 613 p. + CD-ROM
      %T "Assembly Language Step-by-Step, Second Edition"

      Chapter one is an excellent explanation of what programming
      (especially low level programming) is, by analogy to a "to do" list
      and a board game. Numbering and arithmetic in binary, octal, and
      hexadecimal is thoroughly demonstrated (with added practice!) in
      chapter two. Basic computer architecture is dealt with in chapter
      three. The pointers to emulators of old style computers may be
      useful, as well as interesting: it is much easier to program in
      machine language on the old kit computers than it is on modern
      machines with layers of interfaces. Chapter four covers the
      fundamental concepts and activities of assembly programming.

      Chapter five lists the commands and functions of the NASM-IDE
      development environment and editor provided on the CD-ROM. DOS
      program file structures are explained somewhat vaguely in chapter six.
      DEBUG, and its various operations, is put through its paces with some
      simple opcodes in chapter seven. Chapter eight lists a simple
      assembly language program and explains the various parts. Procedures
      and libraries are dealt with in chapter nine. The introduction of
      actual opcodes and commands starts in chapter ten with logical and
      bit-wise operations. Chapter eleven demonstrates some string (and
      looping) commands.

      Chapter twelve moves from DOS into Linux, and covers the programming
      tools most useful in that operating system. Differences in system
      calls and the assembler format initiate chapter thirteen, which then
      goes on (at considerable length) with sample code that works in the
      Linux system. A final chapter points at resources for further
      explorations and work in assembly programming.

      This complete and detailed work does take the novice, with no previous
      programming assumed, through the basics to the point that the reader
      can start the process of discovery. It is readable (and funny enough
      to keep you going through the dry parts), provides all the necessary
      bits (sorry) including software, and is an excellent introduction for
      anyone wanting to find out what programming "down to the metal" is all
      about.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2002 BKASLNSS.RVW 20020718


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