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>Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2003 22:57:59 +0100
>From: Alan Horrocks
>Subject: Re: assembly programming on mips (doc pointers req)
>To: info-iris-misc@ARL.ARMY.MIL

>Randolph J. Herber wrote:

>>>>The primary
>>>>use of assembly language today is low frequency of coding operations which
>>>>are machine specific such as receiving machine interrupts and packaging
>>>>the interrupts as kernel structures for further processing.

>I disagree. I work in the embedded software field where initially,
>there is no environment to run C code. I have had to write machine init
>code in MIPS assembly to bring hardware up and prove the basic operation.

If you have no operating system, then you are in a
``machine specific'' environment. I feel that we
are in ``heated'' agreement.

>I agree if you were implying that assembly is largely unused on
>computers or in high-level environments.

>btw, to the original poster of this thread, Spim is a really good
>program for learning and trying MIPS assembly.

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