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Total novice wants to learn Assembler Language!!! 1)Where can I get guidance on most basic hardware requirements? ie I've a 386 running DOS 5, & Windows 3.1. available to start from scratch on (is it even in the ball park?) As of now I have only an idea of what assembler is, & I will be impressed once I attain the skills to "program" HELLO on a screen! (Done a little COBOL, even less PASCAL, and only a smidgen of Visual Basic) 2)What software do I need.. 3)Which is the most universal.. etc..
Thanks in advance!

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  • shaolin007shaolin007 Member Posts: 1,018
    : Total novice wants to learn Assembler Language!!! 1)Where can I get guidance on most basic hardware requirements? ie I've a 386 running DOS 5, & Windows 3.1. available to start from scratch on (is it even in the ball park?) As of now I have only an idea of what assembler is, & I will be impressed once I attain the skills to "program" HELLO on a screen! (Done a little COBOL, even less PASCAL, and only a smidgen of Visual Basic) 2)What software do I need.. 3)Which is the most universal.. etc..
    : Thanks in advance!
    :

    1. Read art of assembly by Randle Hyde for starters. It's free on the net in .pdf format for viewing or printing. It covers vitually everything on the subject. Do a seach for it on google.

    2. Find an assembler like masm, fasm, nasm, ect. to use. Do a search on google for one. Alot of people prefer masm; however, there are some free assemblers out there to use. Also, find a linker to work with.

    3. Read the tutorial on debugging here at programmersheaven, and understand how to work with the basic techniques. I would also recommend a book or 2 on computer science that touches on all disciplines briefly. A good book I got ahold of is "The Most Complex Machine" by David Eck. It also has exercises at the authors website for you to do as you go through the chapters.

    That should keep you busy for awhile. Probably 6 months worth of stuff to do. :-)


  • trainbalertrainbaler Member Posts: 3
    thanks shaolin - I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but your nod in the right direction is appreciated - I'd better get started.....
  • shaolin007shaolin007 Member Posts: 1,018
    : thanks shaolin - I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but your nod in the right direction is appreciated - I'd better get started.....
    :

    Some other info that is definitely helpfull, and you should reference often is:

    Hardware information-Norton Guide:

    http://www.clipx.net/norton.php

    also for free online books:

    http://www.freeprogrammingresources.com/

    It has the "The Black Book to Graphics Programming"

    last you need to get Ralph Brown's Interrupt guide(very important!)

    http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/user/ralf/pub/WWW/files.html






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