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On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 5:43 AM, Mark Hamburg <> wrote:
> split should probably return an iterator and we should have a collect function. But then one needs to worry about whether the iterator for split just returns a series of strings or whether it returns an index and a string so that collect is compatible with ipairs.

There's always that design choice; working with iterators is more
general. Which is why I'm tending towards:

    map(fun,pairs(t))  or map(fun,ipairs(t))

Completely clear and explicit, like the for-in loop.

And chains of 'sequence' operations are a powerful concept.

Most implementations of split() tend to return a list (the one in
Sputnik bit me because it returned unpacked values; expectations!).
It is easy to to turn that into a standard iterator, so I'd vote for

collect() would be useful, I've overloaded copy() to either take a
table or a sequence, which is probably not clear.  collect(lfs.dir
'.') makes an array of the contents of a directory, but what does
collect(ipairs(t)) do?  Create an array of key-value pairs?

> But overall, I like the notion of trying to hone in on a standard library for Lua. Before diving too deep, however, it's probably worth establishing both process and goals.

One of the goals would be to provide a well-written and documented
core of functions which fulfill the common needs of Lua programmers.

The current process is asking people their opinion on this list ;)

Making a library is a small-group job, but that group has to have
buy-in, and some means to solicit contributions and feedback

steve d.