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Reading material for the aspiring ZSNES developer

Post by Nach »

So you want to really work on ZSNES, but not sure what you need to know?

You need to have a good understanding of x86 (3x86+) knowledge.
Get yourself a copy of "The Art of Assembly Language".
Then you should understand NASM syntax.

You need a good understanding of C. Read "C++ The Complete Reference" Part I.

You should know how to work with Subversion.

You should be good at programming. Read "Code Complete".

You should understand security and programming gotchas when working with C. Perhaps the "Secure Programming Cookbook for C and C++" is a good book to explain this.

Those working on the SDL port should be a master of UNIX/POSIX functions. "The Linux Programming Interface" and/or "Advanced UNIX Programming".

You should understand makefiles.

Above all:
You must be a master of ZSNES. Memorize everything in the documentation:

You should understand programming well. Things like file manipulation, function pointers, pointers to pointers, source generating source, and other advanced topics should be natural for you.

Understand where ZSNES came from, where it's heading, and make sure you have the right tools needed to dig in. You should also be prepared for going above and beyond, and doing a lot of unconventional things.
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Post by 85cocoa »

The link for the guide to NASM syntax isn't working anymore. It redirects to http://www.nasm.us/doc/html/nasmdoc0.html which is a 404. Can you suggest an alternate page?
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Post by creaothceann »

85cocoa wrote:http://www.nasm.us/doc/html/nasmdoc0.html

Works here.
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Post by kode54 »

creaothceann wrote:
85cocoa wrote:http://www.nasm.us/doc/html/nasmdoc0.html

Works here.


404 here, but this points to the table of contents.
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Post by franpa »

same, 404 error.
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Post by sweener2001 »

remedied, or do you not read posts directly above your?

in any case, this topic really should be locked and stickied to remain useful.
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It hasn't been remedied, still redirects to the 404 error.
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Post by creaothceann »

franpa wrote:It hasn't been remedied, still redirects to the 404 error.


kode54 wrote:this points to the table of contents.
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Re: Reading material for the aspiring ZSNES developer

Post by venom_zx »

this thread contains information about software development. but, i also see you guys talking about electronic details like pins and address lines (example: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=11230).

what material does one need to read for this to be useful?
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venom_zx wrote:this thread contains information about software development. but, i also see you guys talking about electronic details like pins and address lines (example: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=11230).

what material does one need to read for this to be useful?

That's irrelevant to SNES emulation.
It IS relevant to hardware testing, however.
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It can also give a better sense of things. Existing documentation states how things should be, but hardware knowledge lets you understand why (most of the time).
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