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- Subject: RE: TIOBE: Lua in the Top 20
- From: "Vijay Aswadhati" <vijay@...>
- Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 22:25:36 -0700
On Thursday, July 12, 2007 12:57 AM, David Kastrup wrote:
> I'd still very much prefer a Lua variant which defaults to
> uninterned strings _until_ one uses them for indexing. But it
> still beats using TeX for string manipulation.
Count my vote as well, perhaps for Lua 6.0? In Ruby strings are
mutable. Ruby introduces a new type called 'symbol' that are
interned and used for indexing and comparison . I think such a
scheme would resolve a couple of issues (at least for me); for
example I could then use Lua string for mutable binary data buffers
instead of having to create a new user data.
While we are off topic, let me also include my wish for an integer
number type. I hate to maintain special builds of Lua.