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This project is not part of the GNU Project.

This is an introductory book to programming and computer science using assembly language. It assumes the reader has never programmed before, and introduces the concepts of variables, functions, and flow control.  The reason for using assembly language is to get the reader thinking in terms of how the computer actually works underneath.  Knowing how the computer works from a "bare-metal" standpoint is often the difference between top-level programmers and programmers who can never quite master their art.

Registration Date: Thu 05 Dec 2002 03:29:22 AM UTC
License: GNU Free Documentation License
Development Status: 5 - Production/Stable


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Book Now Available In Print!
     posted by johnnyb, Sun 01 Feb 2004 09:49:28 AM UTC - 1 reply

The book has finally been completed.  You can download it from the "files" section or order a printed version online at 

In addition, this book is being used this semester in the Princeton University COS 217 course.  You can read the syllabus at

Downloads Working and New Version
     posted by johnnyb, Fri 23 Jan 2004 06:14:59 AM UTC - 4 replies

Downloads from Savannah are now working!  You can now download the official version from the "Filelist" on the main project page.  I will also keep my alternate version up-to-date or redirected here for the next few months.

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     posted by johnnyb, Mon 29 Dec 2003 10:21:40 PM UTC - 0 replies

Savannah is still working on it's file downloading service.  Until it is fixed, you can find the latest Programming from the Ground Up at

These will all be bleading-edge snapshots (not that it matters much for a book, but just know that I'm not assigning version numbers to these).  Email me at -email is unavailable- if you have any problems.

Book to be released soon.
     posted by johnnyb, Tue 23 Dec 2003 07:04:15 PM UTC - 0 replies

Dominick and I are working hard to have a finalized release by mid-January.  Progress is going very well.  When it is released, it will be published at

We are also waiting to hear back from a college to see if this book is going to be used in one of their classes.  Stay tuned for more information! ...

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