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ARM Assembly Language, 2nd Edition by Christopher Hinds, William Hohl

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Chapter 4

Assembler Rules and Directives

4.1 Introduction

The ARM assembler included with the RealView Microcontroller Development Kit contains an extensive set of features found on most assemblers—essential for experienced programmers, but somewhat unnerving if you are forced to wade through volumes of documentation as a beginner. Code Composer Studio also has a nice assembler with myriad features, but the details in the ARM Assembly Language Tools User’s Guide run on for more than three hundred pages. In an attempt to cut right to the heart of programming, we now look at rules for the assembler, the structure of a program, and directives, which are instructions to the assembler for creating areas of code, aligning data, marking the end of ...

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