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GNU MDK: GNU MIX Development Kit

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Author: José Antonio Ortega Ruiz
ISBN: 1-882114-62-0
Perfect bound, trade paper
110 Pages
Publication Date: September 2002
Category: Computer Science
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The MIX is a mythical computer designed by Donald Knuth in his monumental work "The Art Of Computer Programming". MIXAL (the Mix Assembly Language) is its assembler. You can learn about MIX and MIXAL as an introduction to computer architecture or assembly programming, as a companion to Knuth's book, or just for fun!

The MIX's architecture is a simplified version of real CISC CPUs. It features registers, memory cells, an overflow toggle, comparison flags, input-output devices, and a set of binary instructions executable by its virtual CPU. It is powerful and complete enough to provide a virtual development platform for writing quite complex programs, and useful for learning new programming techniques.

The following tools come with MDK:

These tools allow you to:

This tutorial provides a thorough description of the MDK utilities. The latest version of the GNU MDK is easily downloadable from the Internet free of charge [instructions inside]. Executables exist for a wide range of free software platforms, as well as MS Windows and Macintosh.

About the Author:

Jose' Antonio Ortega Ruiz received his PhD from the University of Barcelona in Theoretical Physics in 1997. His interest is programming languages and methodologies, both at a practical and theoretical level. He is a fan of Donald Knuth and brought the MIX system to life following Knuth's original design.

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