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OnlyHuman925 March 26th, 2008 11:24 PM

New to Assembly
Hello, my name is Danny and I'm currently a student enrolled in a community college that doesn't have any assembly classes. My major is going to be computer software engineer, or somewhere among the lines of Game Programming, Software Engineering, etc. I was wondering if I could get some info on how to get a headstart on Assembly? I currently purchased a Professional Assembly Language book, however even as a student that has take Visual Basic and C++, understanding Loops, Structures, If/else statements and classes.. I still have no idea what Binary is or what it's used for. These were introductory classes, but I have programmed a good deal of programs ranging from storing data, to pointers(which I absolutely do not understand) Can someone point me to a direction on where I can get a good handle on Assembly Language, what it is, and why I need to learn it? Maybe some tips, or some links that will explain in further detail what Assembly is to someone that is computer illiterate. Reason why I'm asking this is because I would like to get a head start into Assembly, so when I transfer to a University, I have basic knowledge and skills that I need to learn. I am not wealthy, living in a low class community, and am wondering if there are any good sites out there that I should know about, or yeah if there's any good tips or suggestions that someone may lend me. My interests are in G++ which is graphical language supported by C++ that much I know, Assembly, Java, Game Programming, and just a general idea of how to make a program. What the difference between "High-Level" Assembly and "Low Level" assembly is, in terms that I understand.

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iceman90289 March 31st, 2009 02:47 AM

ok... i have a similar question. i want to learn assembly, whats the best way to do it and even though i can see that the code uses this wierd format:


a b c
a b c
a b
a b c
a b


i dont know how it works. Its putting values in registers but do the values being in there cause things to happen? Or is there a command thats executed that acts according to those values?

and what would be the best way to learn asm for programming on a 32 bit intel machine?(for starters)... im going to google this more but i've been searching for a while.

iceman90289 March 31st, 2009 03:29 PM

nice tutorial. the link i gave you is in the tutorials a bit far but im sure you can find page 1 of the tutorials.


its great.

Silvine January 10th, 2010 07:28 AM


Assembly language uses a smaller dictionary of commands compared to Java. Which makes it really fast - because these commands are translated into machine code on a one to one basis - unlike Java or C (High Level Languages)

Did you know a single JMP instruction in Assembler takes up a single byte of data?

Where as, a goto statement in C can take several bytes of data / machine code to implement!

This is why Assembly is considered a 'low level' language.

I wrote a tutorial for Windows XP in Assembly over at www.freshtings.com - it also has some DLL info on how to get assembly into a DLL and port that DLL to a Windows C program!

Also, if you'd like to learn LINUX Assembly - read the Wrox Press book by Richard Blum. It's flaming awesome!

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