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Old 01-13-2003, 03:13 PM   #16
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Default Re: Assembler (68k) help (about dc pseudo op)

Thanks all for the help. I'll have to look more into it when I have time, but I defenitly will. It's great fun and I now think people that don't learn to programm miss all the fun. Much cooler than playing games!
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Old 01-16-2003, 12:28 PM   #17
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snip... I'm learning it cause from what I've always heard, migrating to ppc assembler is a breeze :-D
The question then of course is 'why would you want to code assembly?' Assembly is tough on a programmer because it has you doing everything yourself. Register allocation, memory management, pointer arithmetic. There are little semantic checks. Debugging can be a nightmare, especially if you're writing a demo. Code can be tough to document, and will span many, many lines. Nowadays, only experts (think Real Programmer Mel here) can produce consistently faster assembly code than that of an optimising compiler, and even then the differences are slim.

Of course, there's noone stopping you from learning assembly: by all means, go right ahead, enjoy! Splurge! Smell the bare metal! Bash that blitter! Coerce that Copper! Pounce at Paula :-)! Nevertheless, if you plan to do program development---and that includes demos---on the A1, my advice would be to forget it has a PPC, and just use C or BASIC or any other high(er) level language.
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Old 01-21-2003, 10:26 AM   #18
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This is much more fun :-D And you learn a lot of stuff, at I do cause my studies are not computer related.
Later I'll learn C. I allways do the opposite normal people do :-D
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Well, okay then. But make sure you do all the nasty stuff only assembly allows you do to. Like writing self-modifying code, or creating code that hooks into the illegal PC-exception vector to have 680x0-code execute at odd addresses. Or one of the many other particularly dirty things :-P.
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