If you are writing in assembly language there are some extra rules to keep in mind in addition to those listed above. * Never use the TAS instruction on the Amiga. System DMA can conflict with this instruction's special indivisible read-modify-write cycle. * System functions must be called with register A6 containing the library or device base. Libraries and devices assume A6 is valid at the time of any function call. Even if a particular function does not currently require its base register, you must provide it for compatibility with future system software releases. * Except as noted, system library functions use registers D0, D1, A0, and A1 as scratch registers and you must consider their former contents to be lost after a system library call. The contents of all other registers will be preserved. System functions that provide a result will return the result in D0. * Never depend on processor condition codes after a system call. The caller must test the returned value before acting on a condition code. This is usually done with a TST or MOVE instruction. * If you are programming at the hardware level, you must follow hardware interfacing specifications. All hardware is not the same. Do not assume that low level hacks for speed or copy protection will work on all drives, or all keyboards, or all systems, or future systems. Test your software on many different systems, with different processors, OS, hardware, and RAM configurations.
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