Secret Assembler Mnemonics

Charles Curley charlescurley at
Mon Jun 2 16:38:30 MDT 2008

Tom Kelliher, CS 220

Nov. 12, 1997

Assembler programs are written with short abbreviations called
MNEMONICS, in other words instead of writing GOTO, the programmer
writes JMP or even BRA (branch). These instructions are frequently
abbreviated into total incomprehensibility.

Of course, we all know that abbreviations are arbitrary. Anyone who
has spent any time programming in assembler knows that all computers
can be programmed using an undocumented set of
instructions. Frequently when an error is made writing a program in
assembler a user can actually see the program executing the
undocumented instructions.


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