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On 3/16/06, Paul Chiusano <> wrote:
>  This also breaks iteration of the table.  So these tables would need to be special cases, not good.  Ugh, I think I'll just add a __setindex metamethod so everything can work like normal.

Another approach which you might not like :-) is to create a object
for representing these tables, and give them methods for getting and
setting indices ( a:get(1), a:set('a',b) ). Then you could install
whatever logic you want in the get and set methods, override or extend
this logic later, and so on. If you are really concerned about the
extra table lookup, you could even store the methods as locals, so
t[k] would become get(t,k) and t[k] = v would become set(t,k,v).

If you are not tied to the table[key] syntax, you can have whatever
semantics you want!


Thanks, that might work although the whole reason I want things like iteration to work is less for my sake and more for the people using my API.  As I programmer I know I hate it when there are inconsistencies and special cases that you have to remember when you shouldn't need to worry about that stuff.   What I worry about with this approach is that there is no way to prevent them from using the normal syntax.

// Chris