Syntax doesn't require a whole lot of explaining. Mainly get a good source of information that you can understand, in this case we really only get a .pdf file with the reference manual so you really need to make the best of it.
In our "compiler" the system converts the assembly code that you wrote to a 32bit instruction.
This instruction can be analyzed by the student by breaking it down into opcode, from there that will tell you what kind of data can reside in the rest of the instruction.
One thing I'd like to do is write a syntax checker for the PPC 403 that we're using. This would be particularly helpful in writing code off site, and then making sure the syntax is right.
Once you can sucessfully "compile" then you're on to the testing, and possibly will return to this section.
Let me know what you think!!