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The Art of ARM Assembly

by Randall Hyde
March 2024, 1,000 pp.
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This book is the latest in Randall Hyde’s iconic series on assembly language programming. A comprehensive masterclass on 64-bit ARM, it guides you through the instruction set for the increasingly popular 64-bit ARM CPU, teaching you to translate high-level language operations into assembly language, write powerful programs unique to ARM, and handle the development of large software projects easily.

This book’s “quick-start” chapter lets you hit the ground running, showing you how to begin writing simple programs right away. After learning basic 64-bit ARM architecture and syntax for the GNU assembler, Hyde goes in-depth on the fundamentals of machine organization, computer data representation and operations, and memory access. After building a strong foundational knowledge for mastering GAS, control structures, and arithmetic functions, in later chapters you’ll be ready to dive into advanced ARM programming—and that’s when the real fun begins.

Full of illuminating illustrations, portable source code, and hands-on exercises that test your skills, The Art of ARM Assembly is an essential reference guide from the world’s foremost expert on the subject.

Author Bio 

Randall Hyde is a senior embedded software engineer who has worked in the medical, nuclear, consumer electronics, and entertainment industries. He taught assembly language programming at the university level for over 10 years, and is the author of The Art of Assembly Language, The Art of 64-bit Assembly, The Book of I2C, and the Write Great Code series, all from No Starch Press.

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: Hello, World of Assembly Language
Chapter 2: Data Representation and Operations
Chapter 3: Memory Access and Organization
Chapter 4: Constants, Variables, and Data Types

Chapter 5: Procedures
Chapter 6: Arithmetic
Chapter 7: Low-Level Control Structures
Chapter 8: 12-Bit Manipulation

Chapter 9: Numeric Conversion
Chapter 10: Table Lookups
Chapter 11: SIMD/Neon Programming
Chapter 12: Bit Manipulation
Chapter 13: Macros and Gas-Compile Time Language
Chapter 14: String Operations
Chapter 15: Managing Complex Projects
Chapter 16: Standalone Assembly Programs
Appendix A: ASCII Character Set
Appendix B: Glossary
Appendix C: The BASH Shell Interpreter
Appendix D: Some Useful C Language Features
Appendix E: Answers to Questions

The chapters in red are included in this Early Access PDF.