Sometime ago, like around April 1994, I wrote the first version of the program that processes my hitchhike data, using Turbo Pascal V3.01a. Over the years it evolved, and the current version is written in Virtaul Pascal V2.79... Actually, it compiles with that compiler, but I recently finished converting the last remnants of Pascal into in-line assembler (and that caused the linecount to exceed 32,767, revealing a bug in the compiler in the generation of the assembler listing... But I digress)
Obviously the final step would be to completely abandon Pascal, and go to pure assembler, which would allow me to more fully use the instruction set of modern CPUs (VP goes up to the Pentium, so I've had to add rather a lot of "db" sequences to add MMX code, the format of the data I'm processing lends itself very well to using those instructions. Venturing into XMM would only be useful to avoid MMX vs FPU dependencies as the program (still) uses tiny bits of FPU code, which would be hard to replace by integer code due to the fact that the magnitudes of the data processed by the FPU vary greatly, and so far I've been unable to come up with a way to scale the four variables involved in such a way that performing the calculation with pure integer operations delivers the same result.
The other, far more obvious, issues are the dependency on the VP RTL. I've managed to trim these back to the minimum, but there are still 87(!) of them left, many used by other RTL routines, and among them a few pretty obvious ones like the setting up of the Windows run-time environment, command-line handling, memory management and, not in the least, I/O, and that's where I'm rather stumped, so the question is, are there any ***simple*** programs you can point me to that handle a few of those tasks?
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