Assembly Languagecomputing dictionary

<programming language>

<robotics> (AL) A language for industrial robots developed at Stanford University in the 1970s.

["The AL Language for an Intelligent Robot", T. Binford in Langages et Methods de Programation des Robots Industriels, pp. 73-88, IRIA Press 1979].

["AL User's Manual", M.S. Mujtaba et al, Stanford AI Lab, Memo AIM-323 (Jan 1979)].

(01 Mar 1994)

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assembly languagecomputing dictionary

<programming language>

(Or "assembly code") A symbolic representation of the machine language of a specific processor. Assembly language is converted to machine code by an assembler. Usually, each line of assembly code produces one machine instruction, though the use of macros is common.

Programming in assembly language is slow and error-prone but is the only way to squeeze every last bit of performance out of the hardware.

Filename extension: .s (Unix), .asm (CP/M and others).

See also: second generation language.

Acronym: ASM

(01 Feb 1996)