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4.0 out of 5 stars Good content, but lots of mistakes
I would have given this book 5 if not for the ammount of mistakes it has. You will most likely notice most of them;
Nevertheless i WOULD recommend the book; it very readable, have good examples and cover all areas in low-level development you will need/are interested in. That is true that it does cover quite basics, but overall vibes about the book are good.
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Published on 21 Feb. 2006 by Mr. M. Vasiljevs

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3.0 out of 5 stars Only for absolute beginners
What this book will give you: an understanding of x86 asembler sufficient to begin learning under your own steam from online sources (eg: the developer manuals which Intel provides) and from examining the output of compilation to assembler. As per usual in the "Professional" series of books, no time is wasted re-teaching you the basics of programming itself.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for absolute beginners, 16 Jun. 2005
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This review is from: Professional Assembly Language Programming (Programmer to Programmer) (Paperback)
What this book will give you: an understanding of x86 asembler sufficient to begin learning under your own steam from online sources (eg: the developer manuals which Intel provides) and from examining the output of compilation to assembler. As per usual in the "Professional" series of books, no time is wasted re-teaching you the basics of programming itself.
What it will NOT give you: sufficient understanding to code non-trivial assembler programs, or to optimize in anything but the most simplistic manner. It doesn't even contain a comprehensive listing of x86 instructions! This definitely cannot be your only reference book.
Still, I'm happy I bought this book. Despite it's limitations, it's readable, comprehensible, and immediately useful.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good content, but lots of mistakes, 21 Feb. 2006
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This review is from: Professional Assembly Language Programming (Programmer to Programmer) (Paperback)
I would have given this book 5 if not for the ammount of mistakes it has. You will most likely notice most of them;
Nevertheless i WOULD recommend the book; it very readable, have good examples and cover all areas in low-level development you will need/are interested in. That is true that it does cover quite basics, but overall vibes about the book are good.
It also uses assmbler that is built into gcc, that is way more usefull than something like nasm, which i'm personaly allergic to - so i would not go for 'Step by Step' book.
There are sections you might skip, that you are familiar with, e.g. stack frames, or linking to C/C++ object code, but it might not hurt to skim through quickly, to obtain a more complete idea.
There are not many alternatives in the area, though it might not be another Kerrigan And Ritchie masterpiece, it is a good book to own, i.e. BETTER than any other ones i know of.
reasons to buy this book:
*Good introduction for begginer (but a C programmer)
*All related topics covered
*Practical examples of code given for all topics
*Free from dangerous practice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Programmers Must have., 13 Feb. 2012
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I believe that this and the whole WROX line of books are some of the most comprehensive tutorials and reference guides to learn the science of any programming language. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested into learn this low level language how I felt there are many prerequisites one must have. That means you should first learn the basics of programming and the science of computing before even trying to jump into an Assembly course; however this is a must have for any "Embedded System Programmer", because you never know when you might come across a few lines of Assembler :-). I did...and you will too...
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