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- Subject: Hello to the list!
- From: Juergen Fuhrmann <fuhrmann@...>
- Date: Mon, 15 Dec 97 12:57:21 +0100
I am new to this list, and I'd like to introduce myself because we are
considering rather seriously to use lua for some projects.
I am working at the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and
Stochastics (see http://www.wias-berlin.de - the Server isn't too
informative for some administrative reasons, we are about to change
that...) in the departement of numerical matematics and scientific
computing. We are concerned with numerical solution of partial
differential equations which model porous media flow, semiconductor
devices, phase transition processes in steel etc. We try to do this on
the base of a modular library of matrices, iterations etc.
This library has also some kind of batch processing language, and we
also tried to write our own pascal like extension language. As we are
numerical mathematicians and not informatics people, we naturally have
not enough time for this job, so we decided to stop these efforts
(some years ago already) and to use one of the extension languages on
But which one ? As we had our own experiences and ideas with that, we
have some strong demands to this kind of languages. This led to the
situation now that in our opinion, all the standard extension
languages (tcl, perl,python,slang,java,scheme) do not fulfill one of
* small, compact language kernel which is _absolutely portable and stable_
* easy syntax - we want that our project partners who are engineers not
experienced in informatics to be able to understand and to write scripts
* license conditions which allow flexible use in application projects
* C code integration not by generated interface stubs but by calling
register methods from C.
* code development policy with strong commitment to interface stability
Up to now, slang seemed to be closest to these demands, but now I have
the enthusiastic feeling that lua is just exactly what we need!
So my first questions to the list:
What experiences do you have with using lua in medium to large scale
projects ? How stable is it's behaviour ? How portable is it ? ( I
got it to work just for fun on an old 386sx with a five year old
TurboC and msdos, and _absolutely no problem_ ! Great!)
Dr. Juergen Fuhrmann mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Numerical Mathematics & Scientific Computing
Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics Berlin
if you believe me they put a man on the moon /rem