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On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 7:40 PM, Tim Caswell <> wrote:
> Sebastien, there is no need to take offense.  It's hard to gauge what
> you know based solely email conversations. (Heck it's even hard after
> having a one hour job interview in person).
You're right, I slightly overreacted.

> FWIW, I agree that lua dumps way too much in the global space.  It's a
> bad practice and usually when I bring it up to people, the response
> is. "Hmm, I haven't thought about, you're right we probably shouldn't
> do that"
The PHP devs are going through the same right now. For the longest
time, PHP dumped virtually *everything* into the global namespace. Now
they've got namespaces, and it's still bad:-)

> As far as my experiment, here is what I've got so far:
> It breaks a lot of third-party code, but to me it's worth it to have a
> cleaner global.  That's my personal taste, but I'm putting my "code
> where my mouth is".

If I'd ever have to do something as radical as that (for example, when
implementing a buildsystem based on Lua), I'd just stick to getfenv.
But that's what I'd do - it always depends on the context, of course.

> We're all going to be in this field for many years to come.  Let's
> remember that there are real people on all sides of an email thread.