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Thomas Lauer wrote:
This sums it up beautifully. I love my += etc. in C/C++ but I'd much
prefer Lua to keep its inherent cleanness. A small, orthogonal core like
Lua's is worth a few (thousand) keystrokes.

Side note: with a good editor, you don't even have to type so much...
SciTE's autocompletion (which leaves room to improvement) can often propose to finish typing the long variable name, otherwise I often just double-click on the variable on the left and Ctrl+drag it to the right...
Yes, I am mostly a Windows user, it shows? :-D

I suppose other editors can have facilities with keyboard shortcuts.
Hey, in SciTE, one can even make a Lua macro to handle this: type "foo +=" and it transform it to "foo = foo +"...

Yet, I like the += operator, concise, readable and convenient.
But I reckon good reasons to leave it and its friends out of Lua have been given, so I won't ask them anymore! :-)

Philippe Lhoste
--  (near) Paris -- France
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