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2020-12-29 13:31

Registered: Feb 2005
Posts: 25
Your favourite cross assembler

Hi all,

I was wondering which cross assembler you use for C64 coding and started a
survey on this (see link below). I'm aware that there have been threads about
this in the past. Nevertheless I'd like to know what you use these days. New
assemblers appear (e.g. BadAss) and people might switch from one assembler to
the other.

So, here's the link to the survey:


I'm curious about your votes!

If your favourite assembler is not listed, please drop a note in this thread.
I will then add it to the list of options.

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2021-01-07 23:05

Registered: Jan 2002
Posts: 394
Quoting Groepaz
Damn this was 22 years ago. Fucking oldfarts we are =)

Great times, yes. Custom-made receive software on EEPROM, first using SwiftLink, then parallel port to userport cable. That I used quite a while. Even used this coding for the Flash8 turbo card which was ill-fated because it was too unstable. Ah, fond memories!
2021-01-09 20:04

Registered: Feb 2005
Posts: 25
Quote: I'm a big fan of C64jasm (https://nurpax.github.io/c64jasm/)

added C64jasm
2021-01-10 15:05

Registered: May 2004
Posts: 30
"parallel port to userport cable"

Oh yes, done that too... And under Windows it was hell.

Latest incarnation before switching to 1541U2+ was using an Arduino to userport and USB. The irony of using a 16MHz CPU to communicate with a C64 ;)
2021-01-14 22:38

Registered: Feb 2005
Posts: 25
Last chance to vote!
The survey will close Fri Jan 15 19:00:00 UTC 2021.
2021-01-15 14:50

Registered: Aug 2003
Posts: 40
Kickass, VS Code, Paul Hocker's kickass plugin, Vice and C64 Debugger have been great for the beginner me so far. Although to be fair, I haven't really tried anything else, so I don't know what I am missing (if anything). Anyway, features like functions, macros, pre-defined constants etc. do make life easier for someone like me with 99% high level programming background.

Felt a bit like cheating to answer, though, given the very few hours I've actually put into coding. :D Maybe the survey should have asked a few more questions, like estimated hours of use per week per assembler, to give a fairer representation of which assemblers actually get used the most. Would be also cool to see a list of pros and cons per assembler, as judged by the "voters".
2021-01-15 22:12

Registered: Feb 2005
Posts: 25
Survey is over.
These are the results:

2021-01-15 23:06

Registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 598
The number of people using CBM Prg Studio is too damn high!
2021-01-15 23:20

Registered: Dec 2001
Posts: 9716
fear of operator calc?
2021-01-16 00:59

Registered: Mar 2009
Posts: 803
so sth like 22% prefer to smoke the same crazy shit than myself, doesn't sound too exotic or alarming :)

rather baffled that more ppl than 4-mat really like to f... around with dasm /o\ :D
2021-01-16 14:45

Registered: Feb 2005
Posts: 25
Thank you all for participating!

Didn't expect that this will lead to such an animated discussion. Great!
Besides I got to know a lot of assemblers I hadn't heard of before.

The question I originally had in mind was:
How many people are using DreamAss?

It has a few issues and I simply wanted to know if it's worth fixing them.
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