As the best way to gain an understanding of how a computer processor works at the lower levels, assembly language programming, is essential background for every computer science and electronic engineering student. It is, however, often considered an arcane and complex discipline because many first encounter it through the daunting instructions and registers of the Intel 8086 family.
Programming in a simple RISC architecture is very different due to the elegant and compact instruction set. Students of this text who have never programmed before and study it simultaneously with a course on a higher-level language report it is easier and more logical to program in assembly!
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