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- Subject: Re: The World According to Lua: How To?
- From: PA <petite.abeille@...>
- Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 00:18:08 +0100
On Feb 19, 2005, at 00:01, Glenn Maynard wrote:
Huh? Lua is specifically designed to be a good extension language, and
not at all designed to be an application language.
Well... funnily enough I see Lua exactly the other way around: a good,
small, extensible language :) I guess you could spin it both way.
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.
Hmmm... in a nutshell, this is pretty much the genesis of a lot of
languages, no? ... look at Java for instance... :P
(Of course, I'm getting that from having read the manual and PiL,
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
part of why it's so good at being an extension language--they didn't
to make it do everything.)
A language doesn't have to do everything. But it shouldn't preclude
As someone said at the bottom of page 105 of "Programming in Lua":
"Lua gives you the power, you build the mechanisms"
That's good enough for me :)
PA, Onnay Equitursay