Sunday, March 19, 2006

The last few days I've been writing a simple I/O library in x86 assembly for a course at uni.
We had to use the GNU assembler and debugger. It's not my idea of fun to use command line tools like that ;) It was a pain in the butt in the beginning but I got used to it quite quickly.

The GNU assembler is a bit different from other assemblers like MASM. It uses different directives and instruction syntax. The instruction parameters is reversed and you have to use the %-prefix for registers.

movl eax, ebx


movl %ebx, %eax

A bit anoying at first, but the parameter order actually feels more natural to me since I used to do a lot of MC68000 coding.
It's been a long time since I did this much assembly coding and while it's fun to optimize small routines, it's mostly annoying to write longer programs ;)
It's a good thing that high level languages gives us enough speed nowadays.

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