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- Subject: Re: Lua for non-programmers
- From: James Snyder <jbsnyder@...>
- Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 11:56:44 -0500
On May 20, 2009, at 4:19 PM, Doug Rogers wrote:
King, Mike wrote:
Has anyone worked on or know of a project where non-programmers
would use Lua to accomplish a task? I have been given the task of
creating a program where the goal is to help non-programmers setup
and capture data from different sensors.
Mike, you might be interested in (the (ongoing development of) the
eLua project. While you may not need an embedded solution, they have
put together a set of primitive sensor-like devices.
Actually, most of the talk I've seen has been on the quite active
mailing list and it seems to contain more than what has been posted
to the site. Also, beware that the current release is GPL. They have
mentioned a possible switch of licenses.
The next release of eLua is switching to an MIT license. The license
file has not yet been changed out, but when 0.6 (waiting on
documentation writing) goes out it should change. Bogdan may be able
to answer why we haven't switched it yet.
I'm currently working on updating Lua-RPC to work with eLua and with
Lua 5.1.4 (http://github.com/jsnyder/luarpc/tree/master), which would
allow for easily acquiring data on an eLua device and to return that
data to a desktop instance of Lua. Currently the code is built around
using internet sockets for the RPC connection, and seems to be now
working between instances of desktop Lua 5.1.4. (Caveat: I have not
made any official "release" of these modifications, and they probably
should get more testing before casual or critical usage).
One of my intentions in adding this RPC mechanism is for use of eLua
devices as sort-of "intelligent" data acquisition devices where they
can house some control logic, operating independently, but also be
used to acquire, log, and transmit sensor and performance data.
I can't speak for the eLua project (Bogdan Marinescu or Dado Sutter
would be better to ask), but I'm personally interested in having it be
friendly to both seasoned Lua/C programmers and rather inexperienced
programmers who can get started without much or any prior programming
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