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- Subject: Mobile Lua - coming on strong
- From: Stefan Reich <stefan.reich.maker.of.eye@...>
- Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:05:39 +0000
Hi earthlings =)
OK, so I want to get very serious with this Mobile Lua idea now.
The execution core works. Hyperjumps work. Admin interface is functional too. (All in the next release.)
So it is time for some heavy duty marketing.
Here's what I know:
I know that the Mobile Lua concept is both innovative and sound; I know that the applications are boundless; and I pretty darn sure know that it is going to catch on pretty quickly.
What I am now looking for is a way to convince people of the advantages of code mobility.
Maybe you guys can help me out a little here.
For starters, I took a look at the list of the most popular programming languages and checked if they offer mobility. Here's the result (most popular languages listed first):
C not mobile
Java only in browser; not transitive
C++ not mobile
PHP not mobile
Python not mobile
C# not mobile
Perl not mobile
SQL not mobile
Ruby not mobile
Shell not mobile
Visual Basic only in browser (VBS); not transitive
Assembly not mobile
ActionScript only in browser; not transitive
Objective C not mobile
Lisp not mobile
Delphi not mobile
Pascal not mobile
Scheme not mobile
Haskell not mobile
Tcl not mobile
Fortran not mobile
Ada not mobile
Lua full transitive mobility (as Mobile Lua)
"Mobility", here, is defined as the ability of any program to move to another computer at any time while preserving its full inner state (code+data+threads). (Outside connections, naturally, may have to be recreated after moving.)
"Transitive mobility", then, is defined as the ability to move between computers more than once per script invocation.
(Note: There may be mobile agent frameworks for multiple languages listed above; but if they exist, they don't seem to be in widespread use. So it seems they are either too complicated, too heavy-weight or not practically usable for other reasons. I am very open for counterexamples if there are any!)
So it seems that Lua, with the advent of Mobile Lua, is now the only popular language offering full code mobility.
Question is: Are people aware of the advantages of code mobility? Are you aware? If not, what would it need for you to understand these advantages?
I have different ideas on how to demonstrate the possibilities of a mobile Lua - but I thought I'd check with you guys first to see if you have anything to say on this. I really hope that this list will prove a positive place and not one of "I want to criticize so I can bring you down".
PS: Of course, the primary question for any new technology always is: Can it do porn? =) (I'll leave the answer to the readers, for now. =)