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

Roy J. Tellason rtellason at
Sun Aug 6 12:21:39 CDT 2006

On Saturday 05 August 2006 11:38 pm, Ethan Dicks wrote:
> 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.

It is *so* nice to find others that feel this way...    :-)

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