How To Get Started with MMIX
The Hands-On Approach
Those of you who prefer learning in the order "first practice,
then theory" should start with the
Hello World Example.
It gives step by step instructions for writing, assembling, and running
a program on MMIX, telling you which program you need and where to download it
as you go. May be having a printout of the two page
MMIX Quick Reference Card
ready as you go might be a good idea.
The Hello World example page contains links to further readings too. So at the end of this
example, you should have a better understanding of what you should do next.
You could work through some more examples from the examples section or
start reading some of the documentation, probably in that order:
The University Approach
If you prefer to sit back and digest a good book before (ever)
getting your hands dirty, you should do just that. Start reading
Fascicle 1 of The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 1. It's Donald Knuth's very readable introduction to MMIX. You will enjoy it!
As soon as you come to the exercises section, you may skim through
the Hello World Example,
downloading the necessary executables as you go, or skip the example
and just download the two executables you need to do the exercises:
the MMIX assembler
OS X) and
the MMIX instruction level simulator mmix (Win32,
The MMIX Quick Reference Card
is a good companion while you write your first programs.
When you have completed the book and all the exercises, you are well past
the "Getting Started" state. You can browse this site for more information
and definitely should have a look at the section named "Contributing"!
Got Started Already?
If you made it past the getting started phase, either dive into
The Art of Computer Programming, where you could start with
Volume 4A, the first volume using MMIX from the start,
or read MMIXware: A RISC Computer for the Third Millennium if you are more interested in architecture
and implementation of MMIX. (The individual parts of MMIXware are available in the
documentation section as pdf files, or you can produce them yourself from the MMIX sources).