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- Subject: Re: Mike Pall's standalone FFI: a dream?
- From: Lorenzo Donati <lorenzodonatibz@...>
- Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 13:11:32 +0200
On 11/05/2011 12.37, steve donovan wrote:
On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 12:28 PM, Lorenzo Donati
On a related note, I'm really curious whether in LuaJIT is hidden a full C
That would be fairly pointless, since LuaJIT makes Lua run just as fast ;)
I have heard rumors of this legendary beast, half-Lua and
half-assembler, capable of extraordinary deeds! :-)
Jokes apart, I was more concerned about _easily_ generating executable
code (even with no heavy optimization). For example, a Lua script
generating small standalone exe files that depends only on msvcrt.dll
(or the bare minimum set of system DLLs - I'm assuming Windows here) for
doing various tasks.
For such things now I rely on tools like AutoIt or AutoHotKey, but they
generate rather bloated exe files (and they are rather clunky BASIC-like
languages - really painful programming), but at least I feel on safer
ground there, because I don't have to struggle too much with API
pitfalls (I'm no system programmer and that tools have rather sturdy
safety nets built-in).
Of course, if Lua could do system API calls directly and there were a
Lua _compiler_ that allowed to translate Lua code directly to exe files
with no mandatory extra dependency, that would be sweet! :-)
As I understand, there's a really cunning little C header parser in
LuaJIT, sans preprocessor.
All the bits are available (I've used Alien, so that seems like a
place to start) so it's a matter of putting them together. It will
just be rather slow in comparison, which is probably good enough for
Intriguing exercise! :-)