cctalk Digest, Vol 15, Issue 23

mark at mark at
Wed Sep 23 13:45:20 CDT 2015

> There were plenty of assemblers around, some even native.  Heck, I wrote
> both an 8008 and an 8080 cross-assembler (in FORTRAN, naturally).  It's
> not rocket science.  One friend of mine wrote his assembler as macros
> for a mainframe assembler.  That, at once, gave him all of the advanced
> facilities of the host assembler.  Wish I'd thought of that...

So, I wrote my primitive little 8080 assembler, in Fortran-77.  I started 
using it the next day, and my manager asked where I got it.  After I told 
him, he said that I should have asked him first, because he could have put 
together one using editor macros pretty easily - in less than a week, he 
estimated.  The fact that I knew nothing about macros notwithstanding, I 
noticed I thereafter got a lot more autonomy when I told him I wrote mine in 
a single (longish) day...
Mark Moulding

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