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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Mark Hamburg
Sent: 16 December 2009 21:21
To: Lua list
Subject: Re: '__iter', yet again!

> The argument against:
> It changes the semantics of the generic for loop from taking an iterator to
> taking an iterator or an iterator factory.
> The factory is distinctly one step removed from an iterator and hence is not
> analogous to a table pretending to be a function (__call) or a table
> pretending to be a number (__add).

On Dec 16, 2009, at 1:44 PM, John Hind wrote:

> No, it would be a table pretending to be a collection (or, we might say, a
> table pretending to be a table!).
> The simplest implementation would be:
> setmetatable(obj, {__iter = pairs;})
> So whatever you want to call 'pairs', (factory, generator, whatever) the
> metamethod is called the same! (But I accept that maybe '__iter' is the
> wrong key for it.)

That, however, is a semantic change. The generic for doesn't take collections. It takes an iterator triple. Note in particular that for doesn't take pairs. pairs takes a table and returns an iterator triple for the table.