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Assembly on Windows

A while ago, I started learning assembly with FASM and as much as I tried I couldn't do it, it was impossible...all I found was 9 year old tutorials and stuff that I understood, but still didn't make sense to me, I would really like to learn assembly on windows and I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction? EDIT: I have programmed in other languages in the past including C++ and PHP

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im not sure if you talking about windows on a house or microsoft windows
westfw9 years ago
Writing a windows application entirely in assembler is likely to be very painful and rather pointless; too many complex data structures and libraries to deal with. Pretty much, the more you have to call library functions or system calls, the less you want to use assembler. So the real question becomes: what do you want to do, that would be a reasonable assembler application?
VIRON westfw9 years ago
An interesting question for CogitoErgoSum, but for me, Windows doesn't do much besides play solitaire and surf the net, and there ain't no libraries for the math for my Predictive Music Synthesizer or Volumetric Projector or anything productive whatsoever in the real world... nothing for new invention machines, which are easy to control in DOS with the old fashioned ports and the OUT DX,AL instruction in DEBUG or MASM. I still recall DX was 888 for port LPT1. And DOS commands could be done with INT 21H. And the segments A000 and B000 were the VGA buffer. Unfortunately now the ports are blocked and AVware thinks my legacy stuff is all viruses. But the links I gave show it still can be done somehow.
westfw VIRON9 years ago
Ah, but you have essentially a non-window application, where it made sense to use assembler. I just meant that it wasn't reasonable to write a normal application in assembler just to write in assembler. It's also possible to use one of the bootloaders (like GRUB) to load software to run on the raw, bios-initialized hardware. Which is fun, but harder and harder to do as peripherals move to fancy buses (PCI, other things) that mere mortals can't get documentation for...
LasVegas westfw9 years ago
I agree with Westfw on this. Years ago, I used to program my Apple II entirely in assembly. Even then, I'd write the front-end, if needed in BASIC. Nowadays, the only assembly I ever write is when a particular routine within a C++ program needs to follow specific, narrow and critical timing restraints, is waistful of resources that I need for something else or just can't be done within the few limitations of C++.
CogitoErgoSum (author) 9 years ago
Wow, I just looked at the link to pouet.net. Amazing...simply amazing... :O
CogitoErgoSum (author) 9 years ago
Well, thanks...i'll have a poke around and see what I can do, if not -i'll stick with C++ ;-)
gyromild9 years ago
Im pretty sure you're not planning to develop applications with assembly,coz there are easier / better options.. So my guess, you are learning to crack? Or planning to disAssemble some program?
Even if you're not, browsing through old school cracking tutorials will give you valuable insight on assembly.
Cracking for Newbies has some good assembly tutorials. Be warn that some links there may be broken.
VIRON9 years ago
Check this out. Behold 64K of awesome windows assembly power.
It's old like Y2K so you might have seen better.
http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=1221
For the tool it was made with, look here.
http://www.theprodukkt.com/

Inspires me to want to do it... but...

In my own experience I wrote a speech synthesizer for every 8-bit
computer in the early 1980s in assembly, but it only worked on one PC,
the one I typed it on. This discouraged me from *PC* assembly, and it
doesn't seem to me to be getting easier. Sorry if that story is a buzz kill.
Will ya Mentor me if you write some awesome Windows Assembly code?
VIRON VIRON9 years ago
BTW, as far as I can tell there is no "product" being sold, it's just that virtual orb with rings around it on their virtual tower of assembly language power, and the only way to (metaphorically) "buy" it is to acquire the skill of programming, (in my interpretation). It's all self-glorified free software.
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