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On Sun, 2008-08-10 at 13:00 +0100, Duncan Cross wrote:
> > if(0 == (foo = a+b))
> I'm being picky rather than advocating this be considered, but
> wouldn't it be able to make a slight improvement if "foo" were a
> global variable, by eliminating a globals table lookup?

Ah, but that assumes that (a = b) returns b! Take the following:

local t = {}
setmetatable(_G, {
	__newindex = function(_, k, v)
		t[k] = v + 1

print(thing = 9)

This could plausibly return any of 9, 10 or nil, depending on which set
of semantics you decide on --- which to me is a good reason not to
decide on any of them, and go for the simple but intuitive approach of
not having assingment be an operator.

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