Randall Hyde

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Randall Hyde (2010)

Randall Hyde (born 1956)[1] is best known as the author of The Art of Assembly Language, a popular[2] book on assembly language programming. He created the Lisa assembler in the late 1970s and developed the High Level Assembly (HLA) language.


Hyde was educated, and later became a lecturer, at the University of California, Riverside.[1] He earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science in 1982, and a master's degree in Computer Science in 1987 - both from UC Riverside.[1] His area of specialization is compilers and other system software, and he has written compilers, assemblers,[3][4] operating systems and control software. He was a lecturer at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona from 1988 to 1993 and a lecturer at UC Riverside from 1989 to 2000.[1] While teaching at UC Riverside and Cal Poly, Pomona, Randy frequently taught classes pertaining to assembly programming (beginning and advanced), software design, compilers, and programming language theory.

He was founder and president of Lazer Microsystems, which wrote SmartBASIC[5] and ADAM Calc[6] for the Coleco ADAM. According to Rich Drushel, the company also wrote the ADAM implementation of CP/M 2.2.[7] He also wrote the 1983 Atari 2600 game Porky's while at Lazer, published by Fox Video Games.

Hyde is frequently seen on the alt.lang.asm newsgroup.[8]

As of 2017, Hyde operates and is president of Plantation Productions, Inc., a Riverside, California corporation providing sound, lighting, staging, and event support services for small to medium-sized venues, for audiences of 10 to 5,000 people.[9]


Selected articles by Hyde[edit]

The Fallacy of Premature Optimization, ACM Ubiquity, 2006, Volume 7, Issue 24.

Books by Hyde[edit]

Modern books[edit]

  • Hyde, Randall (September 2003). The Art of Assembly Language (1st ed.). San Francisco: No Starch Press. ISBN 978-1-886411-97-5. OL 8706071M. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  • Hyde, Randall (October 25, 2004). Write Great Code: Volume 1 - Understanding the Machine (1st ed.). San Francisco: No Starch Press. ISBN 978-1-59327-003-2. OL 8871388M. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  • Hyde, Randall (March 18, 2006). Write Great Code: Volume 2 - Thinking Low-Level, Writing High-Level (1st ed.). San Francisco: No Starch Press. ISBN 978-1-59327-065-0. OL 8871413M. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  • Hyde, Randall (2010). The Art of Assembly Language (2nd ed.). San Francisco: No Starch Press. ISBN 978-1-59327-207-4. LCCN 2009040777. OCLC 419869059. OL 24814110M. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  • Hyde, Randall (1992). The Waite Group's Microsoft Macro Assembler Bible (2nd ed.). Carmel, Indiana: SAMS. ISBN 978-0-672-30155-1. LCCN 92070084. OCLC 180644556.

Early Apple programming books[edit]

  • How to Program the Apple II Using 6502 Assembly Language (1981) [1]
  • p-Source (A Guide to the Apple Pascal System) (1983) ISBN 0881900044

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d NNDB entry for Randall Hyde http://www.nndb.com/people/249/000125871/
  2. ^ O'Reilly author profile http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/1331
  3. ^ http://www.drdobbs.com/184408724 "About the Author" in "The UCR Standard Assembly Language Library: For 80x86 assembly language programmers" by Randall Hyde March 1, 1992 Dr. Dobb's Journal
  4. ^ http://www.drdobbs.com/184408319?pgno=3"About the Author" in "Object-Oriented Programming in Assembly Language: OOP applies equally well to assembly language and high-level language programs" by Randall L. Hyde March 1, 1990 Dr. Dobb's Journal
  5. ^ http://www.sacnews.net/adamcomputer/09.html
  6. ^ http://www.sacnews.net/adamcomputer/06.html
  7. ^ http://www.adamcon.org/ann/9709.html Adam News Network Volume 97 Issue 09
  8. ^ Google Groups listing of messages from a user named Randall Hyde posted to alt.lang.asm http://groups.google.com/groups/profile?show=more&enc_user=nWOfeRcAAABiDGVaPkcnvMYumB6gBmnX4Ua0QqlRnvDj9zBA-m7X2Q&group=alt.lang.asm
  9. ^ "About Plantation Productions, Inc". Plantation Productions, Inc. Retrieved January 15, 2017.