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Yes __call is much less justifiable than __iter, mostly I just use it as a
"bodge" for implementing __iter! However what put this bee back in my bonnet
was running up against a hidden "gotcha" with this bodge. I have written a
library function which returns a 'Table' object which is just a standard
Table with an '__call' based iterator. Trouble is, if you accidently write:

for k, v in library.gettable() do ... end

instead of:

for k, v in library.gettable()() do ... end

You get a nice little recursion which grows until all your memory is gone!

I do have one (very rare) legitimate use for __call though - if you are
implementing the concept of 'events' it is useful and natural to be able to
write a collection of functions such that "calling" the collection object
calls all the functions in the collection passing them the same parameters.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Francesco Abbate
Sent: 16 December 2009 14:32
To: Lua list
Subject: Re: '__iter', yet again!

For the other side I think that the __call metamethod is weird because
the calling of a function is such a fundamental construct that
overloading it can be confusing when you read the code. For the other
side is can always choose to not overload __call if you prefer so.