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Not to annoy anybody,
just to clarify the topic for the innocent finding this thread
in the archives when searching for Lua vs. PHP:

On Tue, Feb 07, 2006 at 12:02:12AM +0300, Markus Walther wrote:
> The entire document does not make any comparison Lua versus PHP - 
> therefore I am correct to say you're wrong, because you cannot draw such 
> conclusions FROM,
Obviously the document DOES make a comparison Lua versus PHP.
It compares Lua internal vs. PHP external.

It does not compare PHP internal vs. PHP external,
because using PHP internally in a single threaded single
process webserver is not an option.
That's different for both preforked (MP-)Apache and MT-Apache,
but both are much slower than lighty anyway.

As mentioned the comparision Lua external vs. PHP external
would probably show less than a 30 fold speedup,
but still a significant speedup.
But why test Lua external, if Lua, by it's very design, is suitable
to be used internal even in a single threaded single process server?

So the comparision is fair and is really a comparision of the
languages, taking all deployment conditions into account.
Without any external references, for this application,
a single threaded single process webserver, the best you can do
with Lua is 30 times faster than what you can do with PHP.

best regards