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>>> 01/19/05 10:55PM >>>
SD> Here are some numbers:
SD>    - global function call                     1.0
SD>    - copying methods into class        1.5
SD>    - custom __index  function            5.0  (!)
SD>    - nested metatables                      2.0
>What do these numbers mean?
>Plus, you left out the __index table approach, which should do rather

Consider them arbitrary (it takes one second for 1.5e6 global
function calls on this machine);  it's merely intended for 
comparison purposes.

Actually, both the 2nd and the 4th numbers are using the 
__index table approach;  it shows that it always 
outperforms a function lookup.

steve d.