It's a critical lesson that today's computer science students aren't always being taught: How to carefully choose their high-level language statements to produce efficient code. Write Great Code, Volume 2: Thinking Low-Level, Writing High-Level shows software engineers what too many college and university courses don't - how compilers translate high-level language statements and data structures into machine code. Armed with this knowledge, they will make informed choices concerning the use of those high-level structures and help the compiler produce far better machine code - all without having to give up the productivity and portability benefits of using a high-level language.
About the Author
Randall Hyde is the author of The Art of Assembly Language, one of the most highly recommended resources on assembly, and Write Great Code, Volume 1. He is also the co-author of The Waite Group's MASM 6.0 Bible. He has written for Dr. Dobb's Journal and Byte, as well as professional journals. His website is available here.
Table of Contents
Write Great Code, Volume 2: Brief Contents
Chapter 1: Thinking Low-Level, Writing High-Level
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Sample chapter reprinted
"The cost and the benefits descriptions of the different programming statements is this book's value . . . While the author claims not to 'teach anything revolutionary,' high-level programmers beyond novice should consider Randall Hyde's opinions."
Contributed article by Randall Hyde entitled, "The Fallacy of Premature Optimization"
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"This second volume in the series describes methods for choosing high-level language (HLL) statements to create the most efficient machine code when using a modern optimizing compiler."
"What I did like about this book is the plethora of options that are presented."
"Exceeds its goal of helping developers pay more attention to application performance . . . a must for any high-level application developer."
Book excerpt posted; "As a high-level-language programmer, if you want to know what's really going on with your programs, you need to spend a little time learning assembly language—and you won't find an easier introduction."
"It would be an understatement to say [Hyde] has a good handle on this subject . . . Readers who are experienced developers with a genuine interest in writing quality code will get a lot out of this book."
"This is a good book. A very very good book. Frankly, I'm blown away at the quality of writing."