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- Subject: Pil3 clarification
- From: Lorenzo Donati <lorenzodonatibz@...>
- Date: Sun, 03 Nov 2013 11:32:36 +0100
Reading PiL3 I noticed that you don't introduce the `select` function
when you talk about vararg functions.
However you use it in two places, namely p.203 in the snippet:
count = select(2, string.gsub(str, " ", " "))
and at p.205:
nvow = select(2, string.gsub(text, "[AEIOUaeiou]", ""))
Was it an intentional omission? One of those "dark corners of Lua"
mentioned in the preface (p.xvi) which PiL3 skips over?
If this is the case (then I wonder why - I thought it was the natural
way to process varargs) may I suggest to consider adding a line of
explanation before using `select`. IMHO the novice reader could be
really confused since the only `select` that was mentioned before was
Luasocket's select (p.95). It's not at all apparent that `select` is a
Lua base library function, so she could have an hard time guessing
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