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On Thu, 2004-10-28 at 09:40 -0700, George Warner wrote:
> His reply was:
> "... its actually better memory-wise to call the function four or
> more times than it is to store a temporary variable. This is due to LUA's
> memory management system."

Afaict, this is entirely bogus.

> Is this true? Do "local" variables have a life beyond their scope? Do they
> waste memory?

Only in the same way as ephemeral results from functions do :-)

> Inquiring minds want to know... Who's a stooge? ;-)

It's related to an old tv-show IIRC called 'The three stooges'

  local name = Get....


seems like the cleanest way to absolutely be sure the local variable
gets vaguely cleaned up; but of course in a garbage-collected system you
can't have that much control anyway.


Daniel Silverstone               
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