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Phil Bewig <pbewig <at>> writes:

> I'm considering lua for a specific project.  One of my needs is for static
> variables that retain their value from one invocation of a function to the
> next.  In a quick reading of the manual section on variable scoping, I saw
> no mention of static variables.  Does lua provide static variables?  Did I
> miss something while reading the manual?
> Many thanks,
> Phil
Thanks for the replies.  So many, and so quickly!

I should have figured this out myself, as Scheme and ML both arrange things
the same way; I didn't immediately understand the nature of blocks during my
quick scan of the manual.  As a proponent of functional programming, one of
the features that makes me consider lua is first-class functions, though I
might miss built-in lists (yes, I know I can simulate them with hash tables).
What else will likely be familiar to me?