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- Subject: Re: The World According to Lua: How To?
- From: Glenn Maynard <glenn@...>
- Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 18:01:56 -0500
On Fri, Feb 18, 2005 at 11:11:28PM +0100, PA wrote:
> >I'm not saying one can't; I'm saying one normally does not. Lua is an
> >extension language; extending is what it's good at. If you're writing
> >a whole application in it, you'll quickly find out what the difference
> >is--it's not good at it, and isn't supposed to be.
> Perhaps... time will tell...
Huh? Lua is specifically designed to be a good extension language, and
not at all designed to be an application language. The good uses of a
language come from its design; you don't design a language and then go
figure out what it's good at. "Time will tell" whether Lua is successful
at what it's meant to be good at (rather, has told: it's quite good at it),
but I don't think there's ever been a question of it being a good application
(Of course, I'm getting that from having read the manual and PiL, having
used the language, and from my personal experience of what properties a
language must have to be good at handling large applications--it's very
clear that Lua doesn't have them, and isn't intended to. That's probably
part of why it's so good at being an extension language--they didn't try
to make it do everything.)