NULL Strings

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Date: 03-23-92 (10:19)             Number: 182
From: MATT HART                    Refer#: 162
  To: MICHAEL MALLEY                Recvd: NO  
Subj: NULL Strings                   Conf: (2) Quik_Bas
In a message to Matt Hart <22 Mar 92 13:04> Michael Malley wrote:

 >MH>An assembly routine would be good in this case, and not too
 >MH>difficult.  Let me know if you need one like that.

 MM> Isn't that like planting a flower seed with a bulldozer?  ;)

Nahhh..  That kind of assembly is pretty quick and simple..
 Hmmm... Let's see if I can do it on the fly...
Fortunately not on-line - using the eXpress Response System
offline Reader/Editor for a couple of days now.

; IsNull.ASM  by Matt Hart


IsNull PROC Strg:Word
    MOV       BX,Strg           ; Pointer to descriptor into BX
    MOV       CX,[BX]           ; Length into CX
    XOR       AX,AX             ; Zero AX
    NOT       AX                ; Set to true
    CMP       CX,0              ; Is Length 0?
    JE        Ending            ; Yes - it's null and end
    MOV       SI,[BX+2]         ; Address of first char into SI
    CMP BYTE PTR [SI],0         ; Is that character null?
    JNE       SetNotNull        ; No - zero function and end
    INC       SI                ; Next char
    LOOP      Top               ; Continue to test for CX times
    JMP       Ending            ; Done - remain true
    NOT       AX                ; Set to false
    RET                         ; Back to BASIC

Actually I cheated a little and tested it - this code works.  :-)

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