From about the mid-80s to the mid-90s,
I pretty much programmed exclusively in assembly langauge.
Along the way,
I learned the
(my favorite of the 8-bit CPUs),
68000 (my favorite of the 32-bit CPUs),
MIPS assembly languages,
and I can recognize
(and could probably program in if I had to)
I don't program much (if any) in assembly anymore.
The CPUs have gotten too complex,
the optimization rules too arcane and numerous and porting programs just gets tedious in assembly
(they're practically a rewrite).
compilers are getting better and better over time,
negating the use of assembly except for absolute performance
(when C or Fortran won't cut it).
But I still like assembly language,
and I find these assembly gems
(link via Hacker News)
fun to read,
even if they aren't that useful these days.
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