MASM 6.1 vs 6.11

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Thu Jan 19 01:14:22 CST 2006

On 1/19/2006 at 12:00 AM Jim Leonard wrote:

>Chuck Guzis wrote:
>> MASM 4.0 was like a breath of fresh air.  Reasonably fast and not too
>> buggy.
>Any TASM memories?

There were a mess of them, TASM, A86, ASM86, MAC, RMAC...  Almost anything
would work if all you needed was a COM file.  You could even use the macro
facility in a foreign assemlber like M80 to generate an executable.  .EXEs
were a different matter, though.

Now, if you want a small assembler, I've got a copy of DRI  RASM-86--the
executable is about 32K.  It doesn't have true macros, but does implement
code macros  (Remember Intel ASM86?  You could add and remove instructions
at will).

(I couldn't remember the name of the little DRI assembler, so I had to take
a look on my bookshelf.  Found a 1984 Comdex shuttle bus schedule with the


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