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    Question Assembler "Blue Card" Quick Reference

    Here is an excerpt from page 168 of Assembly Language Step-by-Step by Jeff Duntemann ...

    Blue Cards

    A blue card is a reference summary printed on a piece of colored card stock. It folds up like a road map and fits in your pocket. The original blue card may actually have been blue, but knowing the perversity of programmers in general, it was probably bright orange. Most assemblers come with a blue card. Guard it with your life.

    Blue cards aren't always cards anymore. One of the best is a full sheet of very stiff shiny plastic, sold by Micro Logic Corp. of Hackensack, NJ. The blue card sold with Microsoft's MASM is actually published by Intel, and has grown to a pocket-sized booklet stapled on the spine.

    Blue cards contain very terse summaries of what an instruction does, what operands are legal, what flags it affects, and how many machine cycles it takes to execute. This information, while helpful in the extreme, is often so brief that newcomers might not quite fathom which edge of the card is up.
    Did these go the way of the dodo? I tried searching the web for blue cards or even references to them and have come up empty handed (or empty-eyed). Am I looking in the wrong place? I found this page on IBM/360 colored cards that sounds similar: http://planetmvs.com/greencard/index.html

    If not these fabled blue cards, what do you guys use for quick references for 8088/8086/286/386/486 instructions?

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    Never heard them called "blue cards". I still have my original S/360 "green card", my plastic CDC 6600 white card, a 7600 folding tan card, a white 8080 card....

    But no "blue cards" :0

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilobremski View Post
    If not these fabled blue cards, what do you guys use for quick references for 8088/8086/286/386/486 instructions?
    Most of the time I use this text file;
    Intel.zip
    but sometimes I use these webpages I found a couple of years ago which I saved to disk because I knew they would disappear sooner or later. Turns out they are now gone;
    Intel Pentium Instruction Set.zip
    Looking for a cache card for the "ICL ErgoPRO C4/66d V"

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    I rarely delve into 386 programming, so I usually just use this webpage.
    Computers: Amiga 1200, DEC VAXStation 4000/60, DEC MicroPDP-11/73
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    I've got a folding PDP-11 "card." It ain't blue.
    I use my C128 because I am an ornery, stubborn, retro grouch. -- Bob Masse
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    Hah, I printed out the PDP-11 quick-reference booklet to have it on hand when I got my 11.
    Computers: Amiga 1200, DEC VAXStation 4000/60, DEC MicroPDP-11/73
    Synthesizers: Roland JX-10/SH-09/HS-80/MT-32/D-50, Yamaha DX7-II/V50/TX7/TG33/FB-01, Korg MS-20 Mini/ARP Odyssey/DW-8000/M1, Ensoniq SQ-80, E-mu Emax HD/Proteus-2, Casio CZ-5000, Moog Satellite, Sequential Circuits Prophet-600
    "'Legacy code' often differs from its suggested alternative by actually working and scaling." - Bjarne Stroustrup

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    I have a number of Motorola 6800 series quick reference fold-up cards - they are orange. Somewhere I have a full-page glossy plastic sheet (not foldable) quick reference for 8088/8086 instructions. Don't recall the color.

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