ICS 312 TA Homepage Fall 2009

General Information

TA:Jade Cheng  成玉  (yucheng@hawaii.edu)
Instructor:David Pager (pager@hawaii.edu)
Course:Machine-Level and Systems Programming
TA Office:POST Building Room 303-3 (cubicle 3)
TA Hours:Tuesday 11:00 to 12:00
Thursday 11:00 to 12:00

Course Requirements


Homework Assignments

If you do not complete homework assignments sufficently, you would automatically fail the course. Otherwise, homework does not affect your grades. Homework submissions will be recorded and posted on this site using the student codes provided by the TA.

Please submit your homework assignments by 11:59 pm on the posted due date. Homework received on time will receive 10 points. One point will be deducted for late submissions. After one week homework will not be accepted.

To facilitate the grading process, please try to follow the following guidelines when submitting assignments.

  1. Email submissions

    Assignments should be submitted via email using your UH UNIX email account. The TA will not accept any other form of submissions.

  2. “To” field of email

    Assignments should be submitted to yucheng@hawaii.edu. Please do not send the assignments to the professor.

  3. “Cc” field of e-mail

    Please cc the email to youself. That way, if the TA doesn’t get your email for some reason, you have proof that it was sent.

  4. Subject of email

    Please use the following pattern for the subject of your email.

    [312] homework number

    For example: [312] homework 1

  5. Body of email

    Please copy and paste the contents of the homework in the email body. That way, the TA will receive your work even if the attachment is rejected.

  6. Attachments

    Plain text files are preferred. PDF, JPG, and PNG files are also accepted. Please do not send Microsoft Office documents.

  7. Multiple submissions

    You may submit an assignment more than one time. Only the most recent assignment submitted will be evaluated.


The grades for homework assignments, programming projects, in-class quizzes, and the exams will be posted using the student codes provided by the TA. If you lose or forget your code, please contact the TA.

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Homework and Quiz Solutions

The solutions of some of the homework assignments and the in-class quizzes will be posted in this section. Since late submmisions are allowed, the solutions will not be available until a couple of weeks after the due date.


;; Program construct a text file which contains:
;;      Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall.
;;      Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
;; Then, program uses the function 3fh to read this file into a buffer, and then
;; use function 40h to write the buffer out to the screen.
            include pcmac.inc
            .model         small
            .stack  100
fname               db          'myfile.txt', 0
handle              dw          ?
msg                 db          'Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall.', 0dh, 0ah, 
                                'Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.'
buffer              db          100 dup (?)
create_error_found  db          0dh, 0ah, 'create error found.$'
write_error_found   db          0dh, 0ah, 'write error found.$'
read_error_found    db          0dh, 0ah, 'read error found.$'
close_error_found   db          0dh, 0ah, 'close error found.$'
seek_error_found    db          0dh, 0ah, 'seek error found.$'
prog    proc
        extrn       putdec : near   ; compile it with util.lib
        extrn       getdec : near
        mov         ax, @data
        mov         ds, ax
        mov         ah, 3ch         ; create file function
        lea         dx, fname       ; copy address to dx
        mov         cl, 0           ; normal file attributes
        int         21h             ; create the file
        jc          create_error    ; jump if error
        mov         handle, ax      ; store file handle
        mov         ah, 40h         ; write file
        mov         bx, handle      ; file handle for the opened file
        mov         cx, 63          ; length of message
        lea         dx, msg         ; copy offset to dx
        int         21h             ; write the msg to the file
        jc          write_error     ; jump if error
        mov         ah, 42h         ; move file pointer
      ; mov         bx, handle      ; (still the file handle)
        mov         cx, 0           ; clear cx
        mov         dx, 0           ; 0 bytes to move
        mov         al, 0           ; relative to the beginning
        int         21h             ; move the file pointer
        jc          seek_error      ; jump if error
        mov         ah, 3fh         ; read the file
      ; mov         bx, handle      ; (still the file handle)
        mov         cx, 63          ; set count to read
        lea         dx, buffer      ; move offset of buffer to dx
        int         21h             ; read to buffer, ax = bytes read
        jc          read_error      ; jump if error
        mov         ah, 3eh         ; close file function
      ; mov         bx, handle      ; (still the file handle)
        int         21h             ; close the file
        jc          close_error     ; jump if error
        mov         ah, 40h         ; write to screen
        mov         bx, 1           ; file handle for the stdout
        mov         cx, 63          ; length of message
        lea         dx, buffer      ; copy offset to dx
        int         21h             ; display msg
        jc          write_error     ; jump if error
        _putch      0ah             ; prints a blank line
        jmp         done
create_error:                       ; error handles
        _putstr     create_error_found
        jmp         done
        _putstr     write_error_found
        jmp         done
        _putstr     read_error_found
        jmp         done
        _putstr     close_error_found
        jmp         done
        _putstr     seek_error_found
        jmp         done
        mov         al, 0           ; return code of 0
        mov         ah, 4ch         ; function code for exit to os
        int         21h
prog    endp
        end         prog


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