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On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM, T T <> wrote:
>  vec3 = vec1 + vec2
> to add together two arrays and the good elves take care of the rest,
> but in Lua we have to write loops.

Well, it's traditionally done with objects, and this creates a great
deal of garbage (I recall Leo talking about this very thing.) The
elves turn out to be quite expensive.

IHMO, this is not the job of a standards-approaching implementation of
Lua, but a dialect that gets translated into Lua.

(A sophisticated template language like C++ can actually unroll this,
like the insanely clever work of Todd Verhuizen.)

What is the optimal form of the expression? Something like this (which
isn't easy on any eyes!)

vec3_1,vec3_2,vec3_3 = vec1_1 _ vect2_1, vec1_2 _ vect2_2, vec1_3 _ vect2_3

Now these vec objects become very interesting, like a kind of
statically-defined tuple. Wherever they appear, they need to be
expanded in this fashion.  To be Lua values, they need to be packed
into a list. Such a translator needs to track the tuple-ness of a
variable. I haven't worked out the detailed semantics but it could get

An entertaining project for anybody with a bored graduate student is
to explore some ideas behind this kind of Template Lua, which converts
TL into regular Lua for fast execution.

steve d.