Assembly Programming and Computer Architecture for Software Engineers

Assembly Programming and Computer Architecture for Software Engineers

Edition 1.0 | Copyright 2018 | Publication Date: June 2017

Brian R. Hall, Champlain College
Kevin J. Slonka, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

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Overview


Assembly programming and computer architecture uses a practical point of view to address “why” and “how” questions throughout the text. After laying the foundation of computer language and computer architecture in the first two chapters, Assembly programming is used as the mechanism for understanding computer architecture and harnessing Assembly for software development. By teaching the fundamentals of computer architecture and Assembly programming, software engineers can better understand how programs utilize hardware and are better prepared to write efficient code and debug code for a variety of systems and tasks. A multi-faceted approach based on x86 and x86_64 architecture makes this book both valuable and unique in the genre.

Features


Programming on any OS Platform
Use programming examples provided for three common assemblers: GAS (Clang/LLVM), MASM, and NASM, which ensures both AT&T and Intel syntax. This allows for learning on any OS platform: Mac, Windows, and Linux. Brief introduction and code examples for other modern architectures like ARM, AVR, and RISC-V.

Wide Range of Code-Oriented and Detailed Overviews
Cover function calls, floating-point operations (x87 through AVX), Inline Assembly, and system calls, all in one book.

Programming in 32 and 64-bit
Teach with examples provided in both 32-bit and 64-bit.

Practical Guidance and Deep Dives
Provide practical information with appendices that guide students in learning Assembly programming while supplements for select chapters provide a deeper dive on topics as necessary. Attention, Programming, and Learning notes throughout the text also guide the reader in beneficial ways.

Promotes Further Exploration
Provide links to wikis, developer resources, and videos to assist in further exploration of topics.

Table of Contents


  • Chapter 1: Language and Data Fundamentals
  • Chapter 2: Processor and System Architecture
  • Supplement for Ch 1 & 2, More Architecture Details

  • Chapter 3: Assembly and Syntax Fundamentals
  • Chapter 4: Basic Instructions
  • Chapter 5: Intermediate Instructions
  • Chapter 6: Functions
  • Supplement for Ch 6: Program 6.3 x86_64 Implementation

  • Chapter 7: String Instructions & Structures
  • Chapter 8: Floating-Point Operations
  • Supplement for Ch 8: Chapter 8 Programs

  • Chapter 9: Inline Assembly and Macros
  • Chapter 10: Advanced Processor and System Architecture
  • Supplement for Ch 10: Chapter 10 Programs and Resources

  • Chapter 11: Other Architectures
  • Chapter 12: Hardware and Electrical Components

  • Appendices
  • Introduction to the Appendices
  • Appendix A: Assembly Translation
  • Appendix B: Environment Setup
  • Appendix C: Disassembly
  • Appendix D: Command-Line Debugging Assembly with GDB
  • Appendix E: Linking Assembly and C++
  • Appendix F: Functions and Stack
  • Appendix G: Using CPUID
  • Appendix H: ASCII and Decimal Arithmetic
  • Appendix I: Intrinsics

About the Authors


Brian R. Hall is an Associate Professor in the Division of Information Technology & Sciences at Champlain College. He is a programmer and engineer with interdisciplinary academic interest. In addition to his teaching and technical contributions to the field, he regularly writes about computer ethics and encourages everyone to think critically about technology.

Brian R. Hall

Kevin J. Slonka is Chair of the Technology Department and Coordinator for the Computer Science & Information Technology program at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. He teaches a variety of courses including programming, operating systems, networking, and databases. Dr. Slonka is also a Senior Systems Engineer at Precision Business Solutions.

Kevin J. Slonka

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Code Repository, Select Appendices and More

View the text’s code repository, a chapter roadmap and Appendices A, B, E, and I (available for free), and an FAQ on GitHub.

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View supplemental video material on the text’s YouTube playlist.

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