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The difference between mediocre and star programmers is that star programmers understand assembly language, whether or not they use it on a daily basis. Programming from the Ground Up gives programmers the edge they need to be successful.
Assembly language is the language of the computer itself. To be a programmer without ever learning assembly language is like being a professional race car driver without understanding how your carburetor works. To be a truly successful programmer, you have to understand exactly what the computer sees when it is running a program. Nothing short of learning assembly language will do that for you. Assembly language is often seen as a black art among today's programmers - with those knowing this art being more productive, more knowledgeable, and better paid, even if they primarily work in other languages.
Programming from the Ground Up uses Linux assembly language to take you a step at a time through these concepts:
Edited by Dominick Bruno, Jr.
Copyright © 2004 by Jonathan Bartlett
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Bartlett, Jonathan, 1977- Programming from the ground up / Jonathan Bartlett ; edited by Dominick Bruno. p. cm. Includes index.
1. Linux. 2. Operating systems (Computers) 3. Computer programming. I. Bruno, Dominick. II. Title.
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This book is not a reference book, it is an introductory book. It is therefore not suitable by itself to learn how to professionally program in x86 assembly language, as some details have been left out to make the learning process smoother. The point of the book is to help the student understand how assembly language and computer programming works, not to be a reference to the subject. Reference information about a particular processor can be obtained by contacting the company which makes it.