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>From Thu Jun  3 09:07:49 1999

>Does anyone know how Lua compares in speed with other scripting languages.
>eg. Python. ?

Lua has been described as "the speed demon of scripting languages":

  Lua is a scripting language developed in Brazil. It is apparently the
  "speed demon" of scripting languages (as compared to Python and Perl,
  and the nearly glacially slow TCL), and is fairly well suited to
  controlling graphical user interfaces.

>Is there any timing comparisons anywhere?

there are some in the SPE paper, and possibly some discussion about this
in the lua-l archive, but nothing extensive.
timing does seems to depend on the application.