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on 2 August 2002
Jeffrey Duntemann takes on the unusual task of teaching assembly language to those who have never even programmed before. As a programmer with a couple of years experience in Basic and other High Level Languages, I found this book very easy to understand. I think those with no programming experience will also find this book useful but may need to concentrate a little more.
The errors in the book are quite annoying at times but he has published a full list [on the web].
My main(and probably only) criticism about this book though, is the lack of actual Assembly programming in it. He teaches very well the concepts involved, instructions etc but there are very few actual examples or exercises in programming. Because of this I recommend both 'Art of Assembly' by Randy Hyde which you can download free in pdf/html, and 'An Introduction to Assembly Language and Computer Architecture' by Joe Carthy(i found this at my local library,now out of print i think). With these two books as well as plenty of practice, anyone can soon consider themselves an Assembly Language programmer.
Though with this book alone, one quickly realizes that Assembly is not so much something to be afraid of, yet very simple. One also finds themselves understanding how computers and programs work in general. But the best part of all is being able to scare C programmers.