assembly language


Definition of assembly language

: a programming language that consists of instructions that are mnemonic codes for corresponding machine language instructions

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Recent Examples on the Web Taking the insides out To actually disassemble the firmware—that is, to transform the binary code into the underlying assembly language that communicates with the hardware, Hron had to know what CPU the coffee maker used. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "When coffee makers are demanding a ransom, you know IoT is screwed," 26 Sep. 2020 The proof-of-concept exploit uses other clever tricks to work. Because of the memory structure of the MIPS assembly language that runs the spectrum analyzer, the attack code must know the precise memory address of the vulnerable code. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Exploit that gives remote access affects ~200 million cable modems," 13 Jan. 2020 The first operating system written in a high-level language, as opposed to in assembly language, and of course, that influenced our thinking as well. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Dave Patterson and John Hennessy on Recode Decode," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of assembly language

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Assembly language.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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