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Turbo Assembler (TASM) is a computer assembler (software for program development) developed by Borland which runs on and produces code for 16- or 32-bit x86 MS-DOS or Microsoft Windows. It can be used with Borland's high-level language compilers, such as Turbo Pascal, Turbo Basic, Turbo C and Turbo C++. The Turbo Assembler package is bundled with the Turbo Linker, and is interoperable with the Turbo Debugger. TASM can assemble Microsoft Macro Assembler (MASM) source using its MASM mode and has an ideal mode with a few enhancements. Object-oriented programming has been supported since version 3.0. The last version of Turbo Assembler is 5.0, with files dated 1996 and patches up to 2002; it is still supplied with Delphi and C++Builder.
TASM itself is a 16-bit program; it will run on 16- and 32-bit versions of Windows, and produce code for the same versions. There are ways to run 16-bit programs such as TASM on 64-bit Windows (e.g., on a virtual machine), but it will not generate 64-bit Windows code.
The Borland Turbo Assembler 5.0 package is supplied on three 3.5-inch diskettes and with three small books.
A Turbo Assembler program that prints 'Merry Christmas!':
p8086 model small dataseg mymessage DB 'Merry Christmas!',0 codeseg startupcode mov bx, SEG mymessage mov es, bx mov si, OFFSET mymessage mov bx, 0 fetchcharacter: mov DL, es:[si+bx] cmp DL, 0 je ending mov ah, 2 push bx push si push es int 21h pop es pop si pop bx inc bx jmp fetchcharacter ending: mov ah, 04ch mov al, 0 int 21h end
- Comparison of assemblers
- A86 - contemporary of Turbo Assembler
- MASM - contemporary of Turbo Assembler.
- FASM - More recent x86 assembler.
- Swan, Tom (1989). Mastering Turbo Assembler. Carmel, Indiana: Howard W. Sams & Company, Hayden Books division of Macmillan Computer Publishing. ISBN 0-672-48435-8. 2nd Edition, 1995 ISBN 0-672-30526-7.
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