||Why Learning Assembly Language Is Still a Good Idea|
|Subject:||Why learning assembly language is useful in like 1 case out of tens of thousands|
I learned assembly language back in the 8 bit microcomputer era. I started on a Commodore 64 learning the 6502 processor and eventually graduated to an IBM PC learning 80x86 assembly. I retain a significant amount of information from this era. This has come handy a few times during my career when looking at mixed source/assembly. While at Microsoft (yes I spent time there) I had occasion to identify a bug in the Visual Studio debugger which would not have been possible without my previous experience. Debug points are set in the Intel 80x86 through an INT 9 software interrupt. The debugger needs to replace values in a code segment and when it ultimately handles the breakpoint needs to put back the values it overwrite. I had some C++ template code where clearly this was not happening.
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Why learning assembly language is useful in like 1 case out of tens of thousands
2004-05-27 11:17:49 belze [View]