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On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 5:52 PM, Axel Kittenberger <> wrote:
> There is also a difference betwen
> function f() return end
> and
> function f() return nil end

Interesting! I had never occured to me that there is actually a
semantic difference between "return" and "return nil" in Lua! Over the
years I've been using "return nil" as a sort of documentation, as in
"this function usually returns a value, but for this path it returns

On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 5:35 PM, Javier Guerra Giraldez
<> wrote:
> if you return at most one value, just wrap your function call in parenthesis.
> table.insert (t,(f()))

Didn't think of that either. I tend to read explicit parentheses as
"keep the first result and ignore the rest" -- I'll keep in mind that
the meaning is more subtle than that.

As for the other suggestions, at first I did consider writing
table.insert(t, f() or nil) like Enrico suggested (my function never
returns false) but that felt a bit obfuscated (the purpose of the "nil
or nil" hack would be an unnecessary mental speed-bump for someone
else reading the code). What I ended up doing was the same as Steve
Litt suggested: assigning to a temporary variable.

Thanks to everyone for your feedback! I learned new things in this thread. :)

-- Hisham