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Actually, as I was typing the various responses I think I came to
essentially the same conclusion: leave Lua alone. I think you are right that
what I was proposing was basically a different kind of language. I have
thought that a Scheme without the parens might be kind of interesting. But
Lua is something different and probably better for it.

> From: "Magnus Lie Hetland" <>
> Reply-To:
> Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 19:30:21 +0200
> To: Multiple recipients of list <>
> Subject: Re: ? assignments are not expressions ?
> From: "Will Leshner" <>
>> Then assignment should be an expression. And why can't I do something like
>> x = while y < 10 do y = y + 1 end
> No you're definitely moving into sceme country... :)
> What is the above supposed to mean? Or, rather, what
> would you like x to be? 10? What is the return value
> of a loop -- the return value of the last
> expression/statement in the loop? Or should we perhaps
> use a "return" statement in loops as well? Or make
> "return" statements obsolete in functions?
> This might be a good ideas in some languages, but in
> a (predominantly) imperative language, it seems...
> well... strange to me.
>> I imagine that might really by a maintenance nightmare,
>> but it wouldn't have to be used by somebody worried
>> about such things.
> The problem is that you usually maintain other people's
> code.
> What you are proposing is in essence a completely
> new/different language; scheme with "imperative
> syntax" so to speak. If you make it I will most
> certainly play with it, but warping Lua to such a
> degree seems excessive (and improbable).
> --
> Magnus Lie Hetland
> "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in
> it, doesn't go away."           -- Philip K. Dick