On Friday 6 February 2004, mel at csn.ul.ie (Mel Gorman) wrote:
>It isn't no, not in Limerick anyway albeit it's light training. Back in my
>day (get off my lawn you dirty kids), it was 8086 assembler. Later, it was
>digital alpha assembler. I'm not sure what it is now but it's still there.
Heh - at least 16 bits - 15 more than we had.
>However, the merits of learning assembler is debatable. If you're going to
>be working on low-level programming, sure it's useful or if you need to
>really know how to write the translation routines for a compiler, then
>it's essential. Other than that, I'd only expect to know the basics
>(because it helps form a healthy way of thinking about some problems).
Exactly my point, and the original article seemed to imply that some CS
courses taught no assembly languages at all.
>Once you have the basics, assembler can be learnt when required just like
>any other language.
Indeed - rather like human languages, every extra language learnt is an
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