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by Vlad Pirogov: The Assembly Programming Master Book. ISBN: # | Date: Description: PDF-ef | Aiming to prove that writing. Vlad Pirogov “The Assembly Programming Master Book” Publisher: A-List Publishing | ISBN | PDF | pages | Mb. The Assembly Language. That's what this book is for: to get you started as an assembly-language far the trickiest part of assembly language, but master it and you've got the whole.
While I do not have the perspective of learning assembly language using HLA, I am convinced that the author is correct that this is a good approach for beginners approaching the language. In addition to a good textbook you need to have a good editor and debugger to work with the assembler. Some suggestions about the editor can be found here. There is also a page devoted to debugging.
Borland assembler and debugger are probably the best you can find, but Microsoft's are more popular and also good enough. Zen of Assembly Language is no longer in print, but you get a copy via site. It well worth it, even though it focuses on the See Graphics Programming Black Book. It teaches assembly language in a simple a versatile way starting with the now forgotten debug program. That's really helps because debug can act as interpreter for simple assembly programs.
I would suggest replacing it with the free full-screen debugger AFD. EXE but still this is the best way to learn assembler. See Softpanorama archive for more details of this semi-forgotten world of DOS programming. It contains a lot of information and programs for fifteen year period from till I've read this book, and I really liked it. It is great. It teaches assembly language in a simple a versatile way. A must book on assembly concepts and tutorials , December 18, Norton and Socha's authority makes this book a must to every "beginner" assembly programmer.
Maybe we must wait for MASM 6. My first Assembly book , November 7, This book has the great advantage of presenting such a difficult subject just like a personal teacher would do. It's written in a clear way and explains some important concepts about the processor. My advice is: A bad, overcomplicated and dull college textbook used in many colleges for the assembler class.
Pretty boring and uninspired coverage typical of many college textbooks. It might be suitable as a reference but never as a textbook: The most bad thing about the book is that the author fails to distinguish between really important and redundant information and overload the book with an extra material. His approach is to add some predefined routines to assembler to make it more like a high level language.
Without help of the debugger assembler is almost incomprehensible. IMHO for most students, especially for community college student for whom the book was originally written might passionately hate of assembler for the rest of their lives.
So it does not surprise me that out of 17 chapters the author did found space to cover the debugger. He is too preoccupied with obscuring things that with making them simple. Actually CodeView in included on the disk and can be used for debugging the programs in mode: Thus this is not a shortcoming, this is a real blunder and that's why I give then book only two stars: If you want to compensate for this shortcoming it might be not easy as additional subroutines make finding the actual code not that easy.
But you can use some tricks marking the start of the code with a special sequence of commands and then finding them. There are several debuggers for bit mode as well. Look for a tutorial on our book's Web page that shows how to set up and use this debugger. Microsoft WinDbg Debugger - This is a stand-alone debugging utility that can be used to debug both user-mode programs and kernel-mode programs such as device drivers.
At the current time, this debugger can be downloaded for free from Microsoft's Debugging Tools for Windows web page. If this link becomes inactive, check our book's Web site for an updated URL.
There is a website at http: Customer Review: I would say that running DOS in a virtual machine environment is a great way to learn assembler and Linux provides this opportunity. The author comes up with some very creative ways to teach assembly and the concepts behind programming in general.
One of the most powerful teaching aids in my opinion are metaphors. If I can take a complex subject and relate it somehow to something familiar to my students they can internalize the concept easier. The author takes the same approach throughout this book.
The book takes the process of teaching assembly at a very slow pace and layers each new concept on top of the previous concepts.
If you are pretty experienced and been doing this sort of thing for awhile then this may frustrate you reading about bytes, words, RAM and other common terms, however, remember this is designed to take a non-programmer from nothing to programming in assembly language. In fact, you do not even begin meeting machine instructions on a formal basis until chapter seven and do not meet your first real life assembly program until chapter 8. That is the beauty of the book.
The author does not assume anything, he leads you step-by-step as promised in the title through everything. Out of the 5 assembly books I own beginner to advanced , this is one of the better ones.
I read over my copy of Mastering Turbo Assembler and still I wasn't getting it. I read over Using Assembly Language and had the same problem.
Too many authors just mention things and leave it at that figuring you already know what they are talking about. This book is not like that. He starts out at the foundation of the computer, at the CPU. He doesn't jump into programming, but rather, explains how computers work, about hex, decimal, how the processor works with code, and so on.
It is actually interesting because that's exactly what assembly language is, right down to the metal. Then he takes it one command at a time and explains it very well. His examples are clear and he explains how all of it works.
I was having trouble with a couple commands and couldn't find help in several other books. After I read Jeff's book, all those commands made perfect sense. In other books I've owned the authors put stories in there they try to make fit with the lessons, but they never make sense. At the beginning of some chapters, he does the same. His story makes sense, but once you read the following part on assembly, you can put the two together and understand just how things work. A perfect example is how the stack operates.
If you are a complete beginner to assembly, someone who hasn't used it in a while, or need a general reference, I couldn't recommend any book more than this. Jeff is truly an excellent teacher. So don't take that like "oh no, I'll only learn the old stale PC. Overall, I would recommend this book! It lives up to its name. I recommend highly for any Assembly beginner , June 10, Reviewer: Robert Chatham see more about me from Memphis, TN. Like everyone else I've ever met who's looked into learning assembly, I had a little trouble comprehending how everything fit together.
I'd heard wonderful things about Duntemann's last edition of Assembly Language: Step by Step, so I decided to download the updated linux version. Don't be confused by the book's size - this book will NOT make an expert - perhaps not even an intermediate programmer. Instead, this book teachers the basics of assembly and provides a decent background into the workings of computer memory, the cpu, and other concepts that EVERY programmer should know.
This book can't be given a higher recommendation for anyone looking to start in assembly - Duntemann has a way of explaining and re-explaining through metaphors that enhance comprehension.
Just don't expect to be a highly skilled professional. This is one of the best introductory books on Intel assembler I ever read. It proves that it really pays to use Borland tools when studying assembler. Very nice coding style. Excellent book! The book is full of examples which are explained in detail.
Tom Swan really stimulates you to write your own programs and that is the key to become a good programmer.
So read the book and with the information it provides you must try to make your own programs in order to check if you really understand it. Step by step". With this book and "Mastering Turbo Assembler" you have all the information you need to start programming in assembly. A very good way to learn assembler A reader I really enjoyed reading this book. Tom Swan's writing style is clear and concise. If I could only have one book on assembler this would be it.
The code is written using Ideal Mode but is easily adapted to Masm. I highly recommend Swan's coding style! I rated this book with a 9 because the book does NOT cover extended bit registers, nor the numeric processor, which you will need for any serious programming. Don Coppedge dcoppedg phoenix. I spent a year of lunch time reading on this one. Excellent progression of ideas. In the end I went from being a complete novice of assembly language to writing standalone assembler for Windows applications - and being comfortable with it!
Lucid writing, but weak coverage of CPUs. A reader from Columbus, Ohio Nice coverage of software topic. OOP, interfacing to C, etc. However, assembly language is inherently hardware specific.
If you use DOS, this book seems excellent. The best referance and TASM coverage! Every directive is fully described. I would also recommend tobe familiar with Debug that comes with DOS. This book is not for complete beginners, sorry: Customer Rating: Number of Reviews: OK, but not really as good as it promised to be. Sorry I didn't bother switching to a different tool, already familiar with the one I use.
I suspect that Linux is here in the title to attract wannabe gurus, because the in-depth treatment of the kernel is really light. I recommend Linux kernel internals and the Intel free Pentium manuals for a better coverage. If you are novice, then this book may be a way to motivate you to go further in your device driver writer journey.
The book is full of examples which are explained in detail. Tom Swan really stimulates you to write your own programs and that is the key to become a good programmer. So read the book and with the information it provides you must try to make your own programs in order to check if you really understand it.
With this book and "Mastering Turbo Assembler" you have all the information you need to start programming in assembly. A very good way to learn assembler Tom Swan's writing style is clear and concise. If I could only have one book on assembler this would be it.
The code is written using Ideal Mode but is easily adapted to Masm. I highly recommend Swan's coding style! I rated this book with a 9 because the book does NOT cover extended bit registers, nor the numeric processor, which you will need for any serious programming. I spent a year of lunch time reading on this one. Excellent progression of ideas. In the end I went from being a complete novice of assembly language to writing standalone assembler for Windows applications - and being comfortable with it!
Lucid writing, but weak coverage of CPUs. OOP, interfacing to C, etc. However, assembly language is inherently hardware specific.
If you use DOS, this book seems excellent. The best referance and TASM coverage! Every directive is fully described. I would also recommend tobe familiar with Debug that comes with DOS. As shown in Figure 2. On the other hand, the output of timer 2 is connected to nothing other than the speaker. Timer 1 is dedicated to providing dynamic RAM refresh, and should not be tampered with lest system crashes result. Finally, timer 0 is used to drive the system clock.
A millisecond is one-thousandth of a second, and is abbreviated ms.
This line is connected to the hardware interrupt 0 IRQ0 line on the system board, so every Each timer channel of the can operate in any of 6 modes. Timer 0 normally operates in mode 3, square wave mode.
In square wave mode, the initial count is counted down two at a time; when the count reaches zero, the output state is changed. The initial count is again counted down two at a time, and the output state is toggled back when the count reaches zero. The result is a square wave that changes state more slowly than the input clock by a factor of the initial count.
In its normal mode of operation, timer 0 generates an output pulse that is low for about Square wave mode is not very useful for precision timing because it counts down by 2 twice per timer interrupt, thereby rendering exact timings impossible. Fortunately, the offers another timer mode, mode 2 divide-by-N mode , which is both a good substitute for square wave mode and a perfect mode for precision timing. Divide-by-N mode counts down by 1 from the initial count. When the count reaches zero, the timer turns over and starts counting down again without stopping, and a pulse is generated for a single clock period.
As a result, timer 0 continues to generate timer interrupts in divide-by-N mode, and the system clock continues to maintain good time. Why not use timer 2 instead of timer 0 for precision timing? We need the interrupt generated by the output of timer 0 to tell us when the count has overflowed, and we will see shortly that the timer interrupt also makes it possible to time much longer periods than the Zen timer shown in Listing supports.
In fact, the Zen timer shown in Listing can only time intervals of up to about 54 ms in length, since that is the period of time that can be measured by timer 0 before its count turns over and repeats. If a measured period turns out to be longer than 54 ms that is, if timer 0 has counted down and turned over , the Zen timer will display a message to that effect. A long-period Zen timer for use in such cases will be presented later in this chapter.
The Zen timer determines whether timer 0 has turned over by checking to see whether an IRQ0 interrupt is pending. Remember, interrupts are off while the Zen timer runs, so the timer interrupt cannot be recognized until the Zen timer stops and enables interrupts.
If an IRQ0 interrupt is pending, then timer 0 has turned over and generated a timer interrupt. Recall that ZTimerOn initially sets timer 0 to 0, in order to allow for the longest possible period — about 54 ms — before timer 0 reaches 0 and generates the timer interrupt. Since timer 0 is initially set to 0 by the Zen timer, and since the system clock ticks only when timer 0 counts off In addition, a timer interrupt is generated when timer 0 is switched from mode 3 to mode 2, advancing the system clock by up to Finally, up to Net result: the system clock will run up to ms about a ninth of a second slow each time the Zen timer is used.
Potentially far greater inaccuracy can be incurred by timing code that takes longer than about ms to execute. Recall that all interrupts, including the timer interrupt, are disabled while timing code with the Zen timer. The interrupt controller is capable of remembering at most one pending timer interrupt, so all timer interrupts after the first one during any given Zen timing interval are ignored. Consequently, if a timing interval exceeds Systems that have battery-backed clocks, such as ATs, automatically reset the correct time whenever the computer is booted, and systems without battery-backed clocks prompt for the correct date and time when booted.
Also, even repeated use of the Zen timer usually makes the system clock slow by at most a total of a few seconds, unless code that takes much longer than 54 ms to run is timed in which case the Zen timer will notify you that the code is too long to time.
ZTimerOff saves the context of the calling program, latches and reads the timer 0 count, converts that count from the countdown value that the timer maintains to the number of counts elapsed since ZTimerOn was called, and stores the result. Immediately after latching the timer 0 count — and before enabling interrupts — ZTimerOff checks the interrupt controller to see if there is a pending timer interrupt, setting a flag to mark that the timer overflowed if there is indeed a pending timer interrupt.
After that, ZTimerOff executes just the overhead code of ZTimerOn and ZTimerOff 16 times and averages and saves the results, in order to determine how many of the counts in the timing result just obtained were incurred by the overhead of the Zen timer rather than by the code being timed. Finally, ZTimerOff restores the context of the calling program, including the state of the interrupt flag that was in effect when ZTimerOn was called to start timing, and returns.
One interesting aspect of ZTimerOff is the manner in which timer 0 is stopped in order to read the timer count. We simply tell the to latch the current count, and the does so without breaking stride.
ZTimerReport first checks to see whether the timer overflowed counted down to 0 and turned over before ZTimerOff was called; if overflow did occur, ZTimerOff prints a message to that effect and returns. Otherwise, ZTimerReport subtracts the reference count representing the overhead of the Zen timer from the count measured between the calls to ZTimerOn and ZTimerOff, converts the result from timer counts to microseconds, and prints the resulting time in microseconds to the standard output.
There are many ways to deal with this. One approach is removal of the invocations of the DOS print string function INT 21h with AH equal to 9 from ZTimerReport, instead running the program under a debugger that supports screen flipping such as Symdeb or Codeview , placing a breakpoint at the start of ZTimerReport, and directly observing the count in microseconds as ZTimerReport calculates it.
A second approach is modification of ZTimerReport to place the result at some safe location in memory, such as an unused portion of the BIOS data area. A third approach is alteration of ZTimerReport to print the result over a serial port to a terminal or to another PC acting as a terminal. A final approach is to modify ZTimerReport to print the result to the auxiliary output via DOS function 4, and to then write and load a special device driver named AUX, to which DOS function 4 output would automatically be directed.
This device driver could send the result anywhere you might desire. The result might go to the secondary display adapter, over a serial port, or to the printer, or could simply be stored in a buffer within the driver, to be dumped at a later time. Credit for this final approach goes to Michael Geary, and thanks go to David Miller for passing the idea on to me.
Go to it! Notes on the Zen Timer The Zen timer subroutines are designed to be near-called from assembly-language code running in the public segment Code. The Zen timer subroutines can, however, be called from any assembler or high-level language code that generates OBJ files that are compatible with the Microsoft Linker, simply by modifying the segment that the timer code runs in to match the segment used by the code being timed, or by changing the Zen timer routines to far procedures and making far calls to the Zen timer code from the code being timed.
All three subroutines preserve all registers and all flags except the interrupt flag, so calls to these routines are transparent to the calling code.
If you do change the Zen timer routines to far procedures in order to call them from code running in another segment, be sure to make all the Zen timer routines far, including ReferenceZTimerOn and ReferenceZTimerOff. Please be aware that the inaccuracy that the Zen timer can introduce into the system clock time does not affect the accuracy of the performance measurements reported by the Zen timer itself.
The counts once every ns, giving us a count resolution of about 1 us, although factors such as the prefetch queue as discussed below , dynamic RAM refresh, and internal timing variations in the make it perhaps more accurate to describe the Zen timer as measuring code performance with an accuracy of better than 10 us. The differences were minor, mind you, but my experience illustrates the risk of assuming that a specific make of computer will perform in a certain way without actually checking.
Not that this variation between models makes the Zen timer one whit less useful — quite the contrary. The Zen timer is an excellent tool for evaluating code performance over the entire spectrum of PC-compatible computers.
Listing shows some sample code to be timed. This listing measures the time required to execute loads of AL from the memory variable MemVar. This approach lets us avoid reproducing Listing in its entirety for each code fragment we want to measure; by defining any needed data right in the code segment and jumping around that data, each listing becomes self-contained and can be plugged directly into Listing as TESTCODE.
Listing sets DS equal to CS before doing anything else precisely so that data can be embedded in code fragments being timed.