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Excellent Free Tutorials to Learn Assembly

An assembly language is a low-level programming language for a computer, or other programmable device. Assembly language is used by almost all modern desktop and laptop computers. It is as close to writing machine code without writing in pure hexadecimal. It is converted into executable machine code by a utility program referred to as an assembler.

Assembly language is infrequently used by programmers nowadays, but there are still good reasons to learn the language. It is the most powerful computer programming language available. While assembly language shares very little with high level languages (such as Java, C#, Python etc), and assembly languages for different CPU architectures often have little in common, it gives programmers the insight required to write effective code in high-level languages.

Assembly language is also used primarily for direct hardware manipulation, access to specialized processor instructions, or to address critical performance issues. Assembly is excellent for speed optimization.

Here’s our recommended tutorials to learn Assembly. If you’re looking for free Assembly programming books, check here.


1. x86 Assembly Guide by David Evans

This guide describes the basics of 32-bit x86 assembly language programming, covering a small but useful subset of the available instructions and assembler directives. There are several different assembly languages for generating x86 machine code. The one we will use in CS216 is the Microsoft Macro Assembler (MASM) assembler. MASM uses the standard Intel syntax for writing x86 assembly code.

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2. A fundamental introduction to x86 assembly programming by Nayuki

Gain a solid understanding of the x86 ISA from basic principles.

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3. Assembly Language by Milo

This web page examines assembly languages in a general manner. Specific examples of addressing modes and instructions from various processors are used to illustrate the general nature of assembly language.

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4. Assembly Language Tutor by Hugo Perez Perez

This is an introduction for people who want to programming in assembler language.

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5. Assembly Language Lab by Paul Hsieh

The main purpose of this page is for people who already know the some assembly and C to see why it is often very beneficial to use a direct assembly implementation over a pure C implementation

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6. Easy 6502 by Nick Morgan

In this short ebook, the author shows you how to get started writing 6502 assembly language.

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