Generate a QR code from scratch with only ARM assembly.
A byte mode QR code of https://github.com/barrettotte using Q error correction level.
See qrcode.pbm for the raw image file.
At first, I learned how QR codes worked with an ugly python implementation; See docs/python. Midway through the python implementation, I started to learn ARM assembly. But, I had no idea what to build to practice my knowledge.
So, this project turned into a giant coding challenge just to see if I could do it. In a world where C exists, you should obviously never use assembly for this type of project/application.
Usage: qrcode msg err_lvl
valid error levels:
L=1, M=0, Q=3, H=2
My primary test -
./bin/qrcode "https://github.com/barrettotte" 3
Quick build and test -
make && make test
I constrained the QR code generation a lot. I just wanted to encode a url, not build a whole library.
- Byte mode encoding only
- QR version 4 and below (up to 80 characters with v4-L)
- Mask evaluation not implemented, hardcoded to mask 0 (I think masks only effect scan efficiency)
- Instead of implementing an entire image file format, I used the PBM file format to create my QR code image.
Additionally, I'm still a novice with assembly so there is probably a ton of unoptimized code. I also didn't use all the features of the ARM assembler/architecture. I wanted to write this so a year from now a dummy like me could understand what I wrote.
Debugging with GDB
I'm still new to GDB, but this worked for me.
make && make qemu
For sanity checking this ugly thing, see my notes in docs/3Q-test.md