A recent finding on the internet relating to Assembly that I liked very much
concerns HLA (High Level Assembly) and Hide (HLA
Ide). Here are the main links:
Art of Assembly Language Programming
and HLA by Randall Hyde is a very clear and complete course
about programming in HLA by HLA's designer Randall Hyde.
It is a truly clear
and complete introduction to programming, easily the best and most
complete that I have read, and also quite interesting and
instructive about programming in case you never were to program in
HLA itself but want to learn a lot about programming a computer
(running 32 bits Windows or Linux) on its most fundamental
The website of Randall Hyde is very
extensive, and has lot of excellent documentation concerning
Assembly. As a website, it
is not as slick as some, but for intellectual content about
programming and Assembly it can have few if any peers.
Hide IDE: HLA exists approximately 8 years and is still in
development, but there are two very nice IDEs for it, namely
Ketil Olsen's RadASM , that
has the advantage over Hide that you can program many assemblers in
it, and Sevag
Krikorian's Hide IDE, that is especially for HLA (and uses fasm
as its assembler).
All of this is very
interesting and very powerful, for HLA is undoubtedly the most
comprehensive programming language I have programmed in, and it is
certainly better in many ways, including documentation, than what
Microsoft and Borland had to offer (respectively masm and tasm).
And personally I
believe HLA to have great perspectives if it finds sufficiently
many intelligent users and developers.
Apart from its very
impressive capacities as a language and compiler, HLA has some
other major advantages:
extra-ordinarily well documented;
it comes with the
complete source-code for everything;
and everything in it
is completely free:
"free as in public domain", as Randall Hyde put it
For more, see
website. There is also a good Wikipedia
article about High Level Assembly that explains its
Note 27 Jul
I have added a question-mark in the title but otherwise left the
text unchanged. My reasons for doing so can be gleaned from
BAP6, BAP7 and
BAP9 - and one should also realize that
HLA at present is far less developed than e.g. RosAsm or GoAsm,
which means that the latter are far better choices for novices in
Also, it should be
remarked here that many seasoned assembler-programmers insist that
HLA is not an assembler at all, but a pre-parser that
outputs code that can be turned to an executable by a real
assembler, like Fasm or Masm.
I will leave that
discussion alone for the moment, but what is both true and quite
important for novices, is that RosAsm and GoAsm + EasyCode (or for
that matter Masm + MasmEd) have been developed to a much
higher extent than HLA + Hide.
Also, the best
tutorials for modern assembly that I have found (during 2 months of
searching) are for RosAsm.
Hence, if you don't
know assembly, HLA - whatever merits it may have in ten years time,
when it may be well developed and properly debugged - does not seem
to be the right choice for novices to assembly.