The Art of Computer Programming

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    The Art of Computer Programming

    I'm a beginning programmer and I want to try this book. I'm a physics student with extra mathematics in my curriculum. Understanding the math should be a challenge, but not an unconquerable one.

    I've studied Python for a month in college, and I fell in love with programming. I'm currently learning C++ because I wanted something more low-level. Then I stumbled upon this series, which I have in my possession now. But I'm lost...

    The MIX computer and the MIX Assembly Language that are used throughout the book are imaginary! How am I to study all the examples in an imaginary language??

    I'm well willing to learn assembly language; I would love to come as close as possible to the 0's and 1's that the computer speaks. But I need directions right as to what to do concretely to get into studying this book.

    Many thanks in advance!

    Kappie

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    MIX is an extremely simple assembly language.
    In fact, writing your own assembler for it is a good exercise.
    However, you can find assemblers for it online.
    The cost of software maintenance increases with the square of the programmer's creativity. - Robert D. Bliss

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    I need cues on how to write my own assembler. I've tried Google search but it's too much information all at once - I need simple steps on how to from here to actually being able to get into algorithm analysis. That's the reason I'm so interested in the book, in the first place.

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    If you don't know how to write your own assembler, then don't do it. Others have done it for you.

    Here's one written in Java that has an IDE.

    Here's a command-line version.

    (Note however that Knuth has updated his example machine to MMIX, a risc processor.)

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    Thanks very much! I'm reading the command-line version right now. I've read in different places that using the command-line instead of IDE is preferable, so I'm already (to some extent) familiar with it in C++ context.

    I'm aware that MMIX is an upgraded version of MIX, however all examples in my book (I have the latest third edition) are still in MIX, so I decided to go with that.

    In your opinion, is MMIX over MIX worth it, and if so, how do I overcome the translation difficulties from MIX to MMIX?

    Kind regards,

    Kappie

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    MMIX is far superior to MIX in representing a modern machine, but the translation difficulties may be, at your stage, insurmountable, as the machines are radically different.

    I'd stick with the old machine for now. I don't know when volume 4 is due out but it will use the new machine, as will future editions of volumes 1 to 3.

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