[vcf-midatlantic] assembler is tedious (was WooHoo!)

William Dudley wfdudley at gmail.com
Tue Aug 8 09:18:56 EDT 2017

This is just a reminiscence.  Feel free to hit 'delete'.

My need for assembly language changed over my 40 year career.

When I started programming professionally, it was assembly language all the
because decent compilers for 'C' or Pascal just didn't exist in the 70's
and early

Later on, late 80's, while doing embedded systems work, we finally had a
good C compiler, and
one only had to drop into assembly language to code up interrupt handlers
or particularly
speed-sensitive device drivers.

In the early 90's, when I was writing a CAD program for PCs (x86), I would
code up
the video drivers in 'C', and then hand optimize the assembler produced by
compiler to speed it up.

In the final era of my career, I was writing Perl on UNIX boxes, and had no
need for
assembly language at all.

Bill Dudley
retired EE/programmer

This email is free of malware because I run Linux.

On Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 7:46 PM, Bob Applegate via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> Just for reference, assembly language is still used quite a bit today in
> the real world.  Too many kids coming out of college don’t bother (or
> aren’t offered) assembly and are completely clueless about how a computer
> actually works.  While that’s great for many environments and jobs, the
> reality is that there are a lot of jobs where having assembly would get
> someone in the door quicker, a better starting salary, and in a more stable
> position.
> From the perspective of someone current conducting interviews for a senior
> level software engineer, having ANY assembly language would give someone a
> huge edge over someone without it.  We wouldn’t care if it was an 1802 back
> in the 70s or a Pentium yesterday; if you understand the concepts of how a
> processor operators you can quickly learn a different architecture.
> Knowing assembly is still a good skill to have.
> Bob

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