Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Aug 2012 21:50 UTC, submitted by iseyler
General Development I asked for more of this, and I got it. "There has been much interest in assembly lately (whether the real 6502, or the fictional DCPU-16; I even created my own virtual 8-bit CPU called i808 in 2007), but none of this attention focuses on the architecture that is most popular in today's computers. If you are reading this on a desktop, laptop, or server then your computer is most likely using x86-64 (or x86). x86-64 is the 64-bit superset of the 32-bit x86 architecture and any modern CPU from AMD or Intel supports it. This document will focus on the most used parts of x86-64."
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RE[2]: Uh?
by jessesmith on Tue 7th Aug 2012 13:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Uh?"
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I think learning a little Assembly is a good idea. Not because you're likely to use it, but because it gets you thinking about how the machine works, what it is good at and what takes a long time. Once you've coded a few things in Assembly you get a better appreciation for what your (higher level) code is doing. I certainly found learning Assembly got me into a better mindset for writing in other languages, especially C/C++.

Quite often developers, especially high level language developers, will just throw complex or repetitive code at a problem without thinking about how it works, why it will be slow or how it might be improved. Learning Assembly and how it works can help you develop better approaches to your coding elsewhere.

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