How CPU's work (was Re: Hi, I'm new...)

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at
Sat Aug 5 22:38:49 CDT 2006

On 8/6/06, Ray Arachelian <ray at> wrote:
> Some CPU's are a pleasure to write in assembly for.  These include the
> 6502's, the Motorla 68000, and SPARC's.  Some are a horrible nightmare:
> the intel chip for example, and to a far far lesser degree, MIPS.  It's
> all a matter of "taste" and experience.  But if you want to code for
> Intel, I highly recommend that you don't look at 68000 code or SPARC code.
> Because once you see how easy those are when compared to Intel, you'll
> want to cry that you now have to code in Intel assembly.  :-)

Heh... I've been paid to write 6502, PDP-11, 68000, VAX, and x86
assembly over the years (mostly in the 80s).  I have to agree that the
x86 was nowhere near as pleasant as any of the others.


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