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"Markus Heukelom" <> wrote:
> a = nil
> a[1]=1 	-- error: indexing a nil value
> Yes, I understand this. I can't index anything but a table. 
> But you could also read this as: assign a the table value {1=1}, if a is not
> of type table.

Perhaps this helps a bit: a is not a table. a is just a placeholder and
it can hold whatever you want, including a reference to a table. But if
a holds nothing (or a string or a glass of water) it can't possibly
support a statement like a[1]=1 without some behind-the-scenes magic.

However, automagically creating tables to save typing the occasional
one-liner with initialisation code doesn't sound like a must-have
feature. If something that's supposed to be a table is indeed something
else, the error that's generated by Lua may well point a developer to
some deeper flaw in his program logic.

Put differently, typing a few additional characters costs me less time
and effort than debugging. YMMV.

cheers  thomasl

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