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Masm32 original author?
« on: October 08, 2012, 08:21:31 AM »
Who was the Masm32 original author?

Long ago I wrote "Masm32" and put it on a floppy for use of the employer but another technician put it on the internet without my consent. I've just looked through my floppies and there are 5 (1..5) of Masm 6.11 and 1 of Masm 6.14.zip. If someone looks at the original (I can't find it at this time) my email provider is on the disk, and is something like Cantec. I'll do some more searching for the original.

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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2012, 08:36:22 AM »
i am a little confused about what you are asking - lol

MASM is a Macro Assembler program, written by microsoft
i think they are up to version 11, now

MASM32 is a package of include files, libraries, utilities, examples, and help files
it was intended to be used with MASM, and even includes version 6.14 of the MASM assembler
however, it may be used with other MASM-compatible assemblers
that particular version of MASM is redistributable - most of us replace it with a newer version
as far as i know, Hutch is the original author

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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2012, 08:50:09 AM »
Long ago I wrote "Masm32" ... Masm 6.14.zip.

Post it here, we'll compare against our versions. Just click on "Attachments and other options" at the bottom of the reply window. You can post zip archives only, and up to 512 kBytes.

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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2012, 09:21:05 AM »
Hi alanji,

it's not much to add to that what Dave has written. The masm32 package is what it is by the huge amount of enthusiastic work done by Hutch and some other volunteers.

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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2012, 10:03:32 AM »
I did the original design work on the masm32 project in 1997 in conjunction with a friend of mine, Iczelion, the project was first released on the internet in early 1998 and supported on IRC. It has been maintained ever since. Over this period many friends and later forum members have contributed to the knowledge pool and example code that the current project contains. Apart from the Microsoft binaries and the specialised tool DumpPE, the project has no debt to any other source or origin and has its own stand alone licence to ensure that it always remains freeware.

It is wise for experienced programmers to use a later version of ML.EXE, some use the highly compatible JWASM and Pelle's assembler and tools are included with permission to ensure very up to date accessories such as the linker and resource compiler.
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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2012, 09:31:02 PM »
Steve,

thank you for that first hand information. Anyway, it was and it is a lot of work to maintain the project. I know what I'm talking about. But by the way, do you know about Iczelion's tutorials? So far as I know, these tutorials are translated into different languages and that could be a further knowledge source, especially for new assemly language programmers.

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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2012, 12:06:16 AM »
Apologies please, I made a mistake. The Masm32 I spoke of was a collection of floating point functions written in assembler. The disks (floppies) that I have, are on closer examination just versions of Masm. I did own a disk (which I named MASM32) which contained these floating point functions (and is was highjacked by an associate and put on the Internet without my permission). Previously I had written these functions in 16-bit code, but when Microsoft updated to 32 bits (probably in the mid 70's) these functions were were easier to write.

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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2012, 04:20:08 AM »
If I am not wrong, Iczelion no longer maintains his tutorial set.

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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2012, 05:19:32 AM »
I sure hope that no member of this forum ever think that I would be that associate of yours who may have highjacked your floating point functions. :eusa_naughty: All the functions in the Fpu.lib were initially created from scratch and upgraded afterwards as need be.
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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2012, 05:24:05 AM »
Hi Alanji,

If you still can find the sources, I guess there are quite a number of members here who are curious to see them - in particular Raymond, who maintains the FPU tutorial and qWord, author of SmplMath (a library of floating point macros).

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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2012, 06:22:49 AM »
Hi Raymond,

I sure hope that no member of this forum ever think that I would be that associate of yours who may have highjacked your floating point functions. :eusa_naughty: All the functions in the Fpu.lib were initially created from scratch and upgraded afterwards as need be.

and I would like to add: the entire FPU library is well written and rock solid. :t

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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2012, 12:18:12 PM »
Thanks for those flowers. Much appreciated. ;)
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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2012, 09:36:31 PM »
You're welcome Raymond.

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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2012, 03:50:58 AM »
if it is old 16-bit stuff, it would probably be obsolete, anyways
the FPU has changed considerably since the days of the 8087

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Re: Masm32 original author?
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2012, 08:41:13 AM »
Hi Dave,

if it is old 16-bit stuff, it would probably be obsolete, anyways
the FPU has changed considerably since the days of the 8087

moreover we've now multimedia registers, which are useable to do floating point operations. That has, of course, advantages, but also disadvantages. Anyway, the XMM registers are there and since the Sandy Bridge we've 256 bit wide YMM registers.

Hi Vortex,

If I am not wrong, Iczelion no longer maintains his tutorial set.

that's bad luck, I would say.

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