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Sorry for the flame war bait...... I need to make a decision and this list is an excellent resource.

I know other list members are using Lua and C++ but nearly everyone else on this list, appear to be professional day-coders(and bright ones at that). I just program when I can.

I have wanted to build a GUI app for some time and I have also been recently tempted by Pythons libraries. I know there are many GUI language bindings and GTK is C by default but it seems that C++ would open up lots of GUI doors(+ documentation) and other libraries doors too, it's just that C++ scares the hell out of me.

It seems that there are a lot of people calling it bloated and buggy and even professionals seem to stick to a subset because it's so big.

Would Lua allow me to stick to an even smaller subset? If so, do you have any recommendations about what parts of C++ to skim over and to use Lua for instead(like perhaps the string library?).

Thanks for reading-Patrick