[futurebasic] Re: [FB] Okay, so I have dyslexia (was: AIFF)

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From: Joe Lewis Wilkins <PepeToo@...>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 22:28:01 -0700
Derek Smith wrote:

> On Tue, 12 Oct 1999, Joe Lewis Wilkins wrote:
>
> > Nice going Rick,
> >
> > You've pinpointed something that we probably need - an FB Assembler Editor -
> > or at least something that checks the "basic" syntax of Assembler Routines. My
> > last real experience with Assembler was with MDS. I don't recall whether it
> > checked syntax or not. What do you think? What is Andy using to write the FB^3
> > Compiler - Assembly Language?
>
> Um, Joe, what Rick typed were perfectly valid assembly lines.  They just
> weren't the ones he meant to enter.  Syntax-wise they were fine.
>
> What whould an 'FB Assembler Editor' do that the FB3 Editor doesn't
> already?  FB3's editor makes a number of special allowances for assembly
> language already.  I'm curious, what do you feel is missing?

Hi Derek,

I'm probably going to expose my ignorance, but how can the first operand in a
statement be -(sp)? Isn't that a push of something onto the stack? And isn't that
something usually (in) the first operand?

Regardless, when I'm dealing with "someone" who understands a lot about
"something", I invariably want to "get" what that person knows "down" so that it
can be used by "others" - expert systems if you will!

I guess that I'm about ready to go back and re-read a lot of the programming books
that I "tried" to read 10 years ago. Keep in mind, I spent most of my life dealing
with Architecture - not computer stuff. I frequently re-read books on other topics,
but old computer stuff almost seems like a waste of time, since who needs to know
68000 Assembler now?

I've yet to take a look at PPC Assembler, but - though some of the basics must
STILL be relevant - I suspect it's a totally new ball game; so I guess I'm looking
to hop onto someone's "younger", "stouter" shoulders to give me a leg up. So I ask
a lot of seemingly naive/stupid questions.

I appreciate your patience and indulgence,

Joe Wilkins