[vcf-midatlantic] Woohoo!

VAXman at tmesis.org VAXman at tmesis.org
Sun Jul 30 06:50:27 EDT 2017

Glenn Roberts via vcf-midatlantic writes: 

>I hate to be the bearer of bad news but assembly language is probably
>the most tedious of programming environments.  

That's not necessarily true.  It depends upon the machine (CPU) and its
language (instructions, address modes, registers, conventions, etc.).

>Good assembly language programmers have libraries of frequently needed
>routines (e.g. to print text or do = 16 bit manipulations).


>I have not programmed the Apple but on Heathkit machines there are many
>such useful routines embedded in the machine's ROMs (I'm sure that's true
>for Apple too). 

I/O routines, unless one is writing the I/O subsystem and device drivers,
should be part of the OS or, in lesser systems, ROM, Bios, etc.  Inventing
the wheel everytime you want to roll is not very productive. 

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