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- Subject: lua4nt: plugin for 4NT/TCC
- From: Thomas Lauer <thomas.lauer@...>
- Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 14:07:34 +0100
(This is not yet a full-fledged announcement as lua4nt is not yet
extensively tested. See below.)
lua4nt is a plugin dll for the JPSoft command-line-processor family
(4NT/Take Command). lua4nt.dll contains the whole of the standard Lua
distribution (5.1.3, plus lhf's token filter code) as well as the glue
code required to bind the whole lot to 4NT/TCC. See the 4NT/TCC command
'plugin' for details of how to load/unload plugins.
The plugin implements just three items:
_luaver returns a string with the Lua version.
@lua[...] evaluates a string as Lua code and returns the result.
ilua ... executes a script file or initiates an interactive session.
Using a plugin has a couple of advantages: it executes scripts faster as
the interpreter is already up and running; it also allows editing of
interactive sessions with all of 4NT's command-line-editing
Obviously, as the interpreter is loaded only once upon startup, it will
keep state between evaluating strings and running scripts. This
shouldn't be too much of a problem, just keep in mind that global
variables et cetera may already be initialised from a previous run.
The zip file contains the dll, the glue source code, the necessary
header and library files to recompile (sans the Lua source files) and a
(Note 1: I backported this code from a slightly more elaborate version I
did for Idle. I've tested the Idle version quite a bit and I'm using it
on a daily basis, so I am pretty confident that the Lua version is
stable as well. However, I have not used the Lua plugin very
extensively, so YMMV. Comments and bug reports are welcome.)
(Note 2: There is a free (as in beer) basic version of the JPSoft
command line processor called TCC/LE. See their website for details and
downloads: http://jpsoft.com ).