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Where do i start to do assembly programming and is it worth learning?

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I hear various opinions on assembly. It sounds interesting to me.. What would i need to know to get started and avoid beginer pitfalls. Any information at all would be appreciated.

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Hi saesmythe,

First step is to pick a CPU you want to work with. Unlike with higher languages like Basic, C etc an Assembly language is bound to the CPU because it is a nmemonic representation of the CPU's code set.

I would start with a development board for a 8 bit processor. The 8051 familiy has a enough feature to do useful things. One place to look for it would be http://www.pjrc.com/tech/8051/board5/index.html . They have example code in C and ASM for you.
Get a book about the 8051 (or if you think you don't need explanations use a site like http://www.win.tue.nl/~aeb/comp/8051/set8051.html as reference) to learn more about that CPU.

... and don't think you will master it in a week
... and don't start on a PC trying to write a complete OS
... and have fun, assembly can be a good experience if you don't overdo it

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