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Can you code in x86 Assembly on a mac?

Posted 23 June 2019 - 05:38 PM

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On intel-based macs can you write in x86 assembly? What is the best IDE for this purpose on Mac? and (as a general interest question) Are there any major commercial programs for mac written in assembly? It just seems like such a prototypical PC language...
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Re: Can you code in x86 Assembly on a mac?

Posted 23 June 2019 - 05:49 PM

Mac comes with vi, text editor in the shell console, & as for an assembler. You can read these with man pages.

Command space to bring up search bar, type 'term' & launch. Anything more than that, like an IDE, & I don't have any input.

Best of luck!

View PostMadface, on 23 June 2019 - 08:38 PM, said:

It just seems like such a prototypical PC language...

Since Mac switched to an Intel chipset, this statement doesn't really make sense to me.
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Re: Can you code in x86 Assembly on a mac?

Posted 14 July 2019 - 10:02 PM

Well, all really compiled programming languages (that excludes bytecode languages) use assembly as intermediate code - even if not in human readable form, but in some kind of tokenized form. Nowadays assembly is not cost-effective enough to be used in application peogramming, but if one needs to access something non-memory mapped, assembly is the only choise. Also some time-critical parts of operating systems are often written in assembly.
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