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Michael Abrash’s Graphics Programming Black Book is a collection of the author’s previous books on assembly language and graphics programming, as well as past columns for Dr. This text features assembler optimization for a variety of problems including searching algorithms, and records the author’s approaches to optimizing code for the evolving line of Intel CPUs, from the on to the early Pentium lines. The last few chapters of this book are more relevant, and include a series of explorations of some of the technology behind the popular Doom and Quake 3-D games by id Corporation where the author worked.

Optimized solutions to 3-D graphics problems from texture mapping, hidden surface removal, and Binary Space Partitioning BSP trees are explained. Current gaming and 3-D technology, such as Direct3D and VRML is left out, but it’s clear that game programmers like the author will continue to push the limits of current hardware technology in inventive ways.

This book is clearly targeted at game developers and serious assembly language programmers, not for the general reader.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? No one has done more to conquer the performance limitations of the PC than Michael Abrash, a software engineer for Microsoft. His complete works are contained in this massive volume, including everything he has written about performance coding and real-time graphics.

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Showing of 26 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Some will criticize the book for being archaic in its intimate details for platforms of the time.

I’m not sure what those buyers were expecting when they bought a book with forwards about Doom and Quake and the date in which this was originally published. Yes, it is true that a lot of the code samples are older than much of what modern developers might consider but the core methodology, insights, and domain knowledge ushered in by Abrash are unparalleled both in proficiency and professional writer ability; he knows what he’s talking about through and through but also knows how to share it in a very inclusive way.


I’ve found it rare to find both in the same person. I say engineer and not programmer because this book covers the former and how to excel at efficiency and best-practices rather than simply creating functionality in an abstracted development environment. What makes this write-up particularly special is that this was the only man to truly worked as an equal with John Carmack on Quake’s revolutionary 3d, fluid fps engine on and he’s giving the whole development story away for almost free.

That incredible development struggle and the insights tied to making the necessary breakthroughs happen are given in rich detail here with fully-coded examples for use at your leisure. In all seriousness, this book has been my bible for software engineering efficiency and graphics programming. This is by far one of the best technical books I’ve ever read and I revisit it frequently. The writer is also This book is very old. The writer is also a legend. Modern processors are much more complex than they were in ye olden days, although superscalar processors as they existed back in the olden times are covered.

For those who sometimes dabble in assembly there are some still very relevant tricks. I had dismissed much of the assembly portions as novelties until I realized the bswap instruction had a modern 64 bit variant, doubling the number of 32 bit words I could have in general purpose registers at one time. I have not read the entire thing yet, but I’m sure there are other revelations to be had in there.

This book is gold This does not however change the value of the book, the author was addressing the needs of the computer industry for high performance graphics code in the 80’s and 90’s, but the principles and thought processes passed on in the book are just as valid today as they were then, perhaps more so since computers have become heavily layered in software abstractions that suck performance at every turn. The book is still very relevant to the Embedded community, embedded processors are becoming increasingly capable and are similar in many ways to the early PC’s, with simple graphics controllers and other components, and the skills to make high performance use of these can be re-learned from this book.

Its a great buy and looks pretty imposing on a bookshelf too. I was a little worried I would need to be a guru to make any sense of this book. It’s pretty accessible and has engaged me right from the beginning.

The book is out of print, but it is by no means rare. Keep an eye on online auctions and on this site. I bought mine here at amazon in “like new” condition, with the CD-ROM, for much less than the original price of the book. Be patient and keep checking.

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It has just about everything he has written, from the ancient work on optimizing for the still interesting abrsh read to the articles written during quake’s development.

I personally learned a lot from Michael’s early articles, and I was proud to contribute to the later ones.

John Carmack, id Software. If this book got any better, any more entertaining, or packed with any more information, it would explode in the fastest, most efficient and user freindly way possible, of course!!!!

This book is a monster brick of over pages with 70 chapters! Do not be misled by the book title because the 22 first chapters, which represents about the third of the pages, discuss assembly vlack.

Graphics Programming Black Book Special Edition by Michael Abrash

This book is getting a little bit old and a little bit outdated. For instance, this author covers optimization techniques for processors ranging from the to the Pentium and the Inner loops book covers the to the Pentium Pro. The second part covers low level graphics programming in assembly.

The type of graphics programming that people were doing before Windows and DirectX. Because assembly vlack is not very popular anymore, for most people, it is not a good book to get but if assembly optimization is your thing, then you should consider this one as even if there abeash more recent books on x86 assembly programming, this one is the abrxsh that I have seen to lay out the basic concepts such as branch prediction, register contention, how to shuffle assembly instructions to optimize the processor pipelines usage and how to optimize the flag register usage.

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