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On Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM, Axel Kittenberger <> wrote:
> In Lua you can do setfenv/_ENV to simulate with - if you absolutely have to.

In the early drafts of Lua 5.2 there was a similar feature to 'with',
and the problem was that people expected it to work like 'with'.

The trouble comes from any locals that happen to be hanging around ...

  _ENV = t
  x = 1
  y = 2
  z = 3

Cool, but it will break as soon as there's a local 'y' in some
enclosing scope. Not nice!

VB needed an explicit '.' dot in its with statement, which is one of
the few cool things about VB

Personally, I like solving the problem with a macro which provides
something similar to VB:

steve d.