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Jimmie Houchin wrote:
I believe there is great potential for the future of Lua. I think Lua
could offer an excellent alternative to Perl, Python, Ruby, etc.

I don't think Lua fits in that camp. It's range of application is
much broader, Scheme or even Erlang may be closer.

A standardized object oriented programming model. But one that does not eliminate or reduce the available to program in other paradigms.

Lua provides closures, metatables and even the colon syntax. What
else do you need ? OOP is not of particular importance in a language like Lua, I even think that the colon syntax is superfluous.

Am I wrong? What do the long time Lua users think? What can we, the Lua community do to achieve a better future for Lua?

I'm neither a professionell nor a long time user but I'm quite
pleased  as it is. I'm not convinced that a large and fast growing
user community is a good measure for success.