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Assembly Language for x86 Processors, 8th edition

  • Kip Irvine


For undergraduate courses in assembly language programming, introductory courses in computer systems, and computer architecture.


Teach effective design techniques to help students put theory into practice

Written specifically for 32- and 64-bit Intel/Windows platform, Assembly Language for x86 Processors, establishes a complete and fully updated study of assembly language. The text teaches students to write and debug programs at the machine level, using effective design techniques that apply to multiple programming courses through top-down program design demonstration and explanation. This approach simplifies and demystifies concepts that students need to grasp before they can go on to more advanced computer architecture and operating systems courses. Students put theory into practice through writing software at the machine level to create a memorable experience that gives them the confidence to work in any OS/machine-oriented environment. 

With the 8th Edition, and for the first time, Assembly Language for x86 Processors moves into the world of interactive electronic textbooks, enabling students to experiment and interact with review questions, code animations, tutorial videos, and multiple-input exercises. The convenient, simple-to-use mobile reading experience extends learning beyond class time. 

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Table of contents

1 Basic Concepts

1.1 Welcome to Assembly Language

1.2 Virtual Machine Concept

1.3 Data Representation

1.4 Boolean Expressions

1.5 Chapter Summary

1.6 Key Terms

1.7 Review Questions and Exercises


2 x86 Processor Architecture

2.1 General Concepts

2.2 32-Bit x86 Processors

2.3 64-Bit x86-64 Processors

2.4 Components of a Typical x86 Computer

2.5 Input–Output System

2.6 Chapter Summary

2.7 Key Terms

2.8 Review Questions


3 Assembly Language Fundamentals

3.1 Basic Language Elements

3.2 Example: Adding and Subtracting Integers

3.3 Assembling, Linking, and Running Programs

3.4 Defining Data

3.5 Symbolic Constants

3.6 64-Bit Programming

3.7 Chapter Summary

3.8 Key Terms

3.9 Review Questions and Exercises

3.10 Programming Exercises


4 Data Transfers, Addressing, and Arithmetic

4.1 Data Transfer Instructions

4.2 Addition and Subtraction

4.3 Data-Related Operators and Directives

4.4 Indirect Addressing

4.5 JMP and LOOP Instructions

4.6 64-Bit Programming

4.7 Chapter Summary

4.8 Key Terms

4.9 Review Questions and Exercises

4.10 Programming Exercises


5 Procedures

5.1 Stack Operations

5.2 Defining and Using Procedures

5.3 Linking to an External Library

5.4 The Irvine32 Library

5.5 64-Bit Assembly Programming

5.6 Chapter Summary

5.7 Key Terms

5.8 Review Questions and Exercises

5.9 Programming Exercises


6 Conditional Processing

6.1 Boolean and Comparison Instructions

6.2 Conditional Jumps

6.3 Conditional Loop Instructions

6.4 Conditional Structures

6.5 Application: Finite-State Machines

6.6 Conditional Control Flow Directives (Optional Topic)

6.7 Chapter Summary

6.8 Key Terms

6.9 Review Questions and Exercises

6.10 Programming Exercises


7 Integer Arithmetic

7.1 Shift and Rotate Instructions

7.2 Shift and Rotate Applications

7.3 Multiplication and Division Instructions

7.4 Extended Addition and Subtraction

7.5 ASCII and Unpacked Decimal Arithmetic

7.6 Packed Decimal Arithmetic

7.7 Chapter Summary

7.8 Key Terms

7.9 Review Questions and Exercises

7.10 Programming Exercises


8 Advanced Procedures

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Stack Frames

8.3 Recursion


8.5 Creating Multimodule Programs

8.6 Advanced Use of Parameters (Optional Topic)

8.7 Java Bytecodes (Optional Topic)

8.8 Chapter Summary

8.9 Key Terms

8.10 Review Questions and Exercises

8.11 Programming Exercises


9 Strings and Arrays

9.1 Introduction

9.2 String Primitive Instructions

9.3 Selected String Procedures

9.4 Two-Dimensional Arrays

9.5 Searching and Sorting Integer Arrays

9.6 Java Bytecodes: String Processing (Optional Topic)

9.7 Chapter Summary

9.8 Key Terms and Instructions

9.9 Review Questions and Exercises

9.10 Programming Exercises


10 Structures and Macros

10.1 Structures

10.2 Macros

10.3 Conditional-Assembly Directives

10.4 Defining Repeat Blocks

10.5 Chapter Summary

10.6 Key Terms

10.7 Review Questions and Exercises

10.8 Programming Exercises


11 MS-Windows Programming

11.1 Win32 Console Programming

11.2 Writing a Graphical Windows Application

11.3 Dynamic Memory Allocation

11.4 32-bit x86 Memory Management

11.5 Chapter Summary

11.6 Key Terms

11.7 Review Questions and Exercises

11.8 Programming Exercises


12 Floating-Point Processing and Instruction Encoding

12.1 Floating-Point Binary Representation

12.2 Floating-Point Unit

12.3 x86 Instruction Encoding

12.4 Chapter Summary

12.5 Key Terms

12.6 Review Questions and Exercises

12.7 Programming Exercises


13 High-Level Language Interface

13.1 Introduction

13.2 Inline Assembly Code

13.3 Linking 32-Bit Assembly Language Code to C/C++

13.4 Chapter Summary

13.5 Key Terms

13.6 Review Questions

13.7 Programming Exercises


14 16-Bit MS-DOS Programming

14.1 MS-DOS and the IBM-PC

14.2 MS-DOS Function Calls (INT 21h)

14.3 Standard MS-DOS File I/O Services

14.4 Chapter Summary

14.5 Programming Exercises 14.35


15 Disk Fundamentals

15.1 Disk Storage Systems

15.2 File Systems

15.3 Disk Directory

15.4 Reading and Writing Disk Sectors

15.5 System-Level File Functions

15.6 Chapter Summary

15.7 Programming Exercises


16 BIOS-Level Programming

16.2 Keyboard Input with INT 16h

16.3 Video Programming with INT 10h

16.4 Drawing Graphics Using INT 10h

16.5 Memory-Mapped Graphics

16.6 Mouse Programming

16.7 Chapter Summary

16.8 Programming Exercises


Appendix A MASM Reference

Appendix B The x86 Instruction Set

Appendices C-D are available on the Companion website

Appendix C BIOS and MS-DOS Interrupts D.1

Appendix D Answers to Review Questions (Chapters 14–16) E.1



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