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on 2/25/05 3:59 AM, PA at wrote:

> Along the same line of though... I would rather see the colon notation
> deprecated all together... as it doesn't add anything which cannot be
> done with the regular syntax... plus it introduce inconsistency and
> confusion in Lua's core libraries... e.g. io seems to gratuitously
> favor the colon notation while all the other core libraries stick with
> the dot...

The colon saves you from double evaluation of the receiver or creating your
own temporary variable.