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    Why bother with Assembly, why not machine code?!

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      That’s supposedly how von Neumann felt about assemblers.

      Donald Gilles, one of von Neumann’s students at Princeton, and later a faculty member at the University of Illinois, recalled that the graduate students were being “used” to hand-assemble programs into binary for their early machine (probably the IAS machine). He took time out to build an assembler, but when von Neumann found out about it he was very angry, saying (paraphrased), “It is a waste of a valuable scientific computing instrument to use it to do clerical work.”