Raspberry Pi Assembly Language RISC OS Beginners (Hands On Guide) Paperback – 6 Feb 2014
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Bruce Smith is a former Technical Editor of Acorn User magazine and founder of Bruce Smith Books. Around half of his 100 books have covered the topic of computers and computer programming. He was one of the first to write about the ARM chip when it was originally released. He is well known for his easy, lucid style of writing and his books have been translated into five languages. Here are some snippets from user reviews written about his books: "This is the first computer book I've read in bed for pleasure rather than to cure insomnia", "Much more to offer, practical and down-to-earth"; "...for those that want a complete, thorough and readable guide, Bruce Smith is your man", “No other author has investigated with the thoroughness of Smith", "...every page provides useful information. Put off getting that new game, and buy this book instead. You won’t regret it”, “This book has been written with the absolute novice in mind. It doesn’t patronise, yet neither does it baffle with jargon and slang.”
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While the book did give a good grounding on the basics of Assembly, I spent a great deal of time going back and forth between pages trying to understand examples that seemed to contradict the proceeding text. After re-reading certain parts I then went through and corrected as many of the errors as I could find.
It would appear the book was written and published in haste with either no real proof reading process or proof readers who didn't understand the material enough to see the faults.
At times the book was contradictory and at other times, just plain wrong. For instance when an example and proceeding text repeatedly name a label 'forward', then suddenly refer to it as 'jump' not 5 words afterwards. In this example the mistake was easy to spot and read past, but some of the others showed a real contempt for the reader and their chance of understanding the material.
I believe this book was made specifically to cash in on the Raspberry Pi name and should be avoided by anyone not already proficient enough with programming to understand a document riddled with flawed examples and explanations.
The example could do with a little bit more real world, in any book about assembly language you need to explain about hexadecimal, decimal and binary numbering systems to help readers understand the fundamental numbering systems used (and not just assuming that the reader understand them, as many people that will read this book will be people new to the Raspberry Pi but also programming).
If this was a piece of school work I'd give it a D-, could do a lot better.
Other than this good book without getting really in depth and hardcore.
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