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- Subject: Re: How can I learn about Object Oriented programming with lua?
- From: Sean Conner <sean@...>
- Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:51:24 -0500
It was thus said that the Great steve donovan once stated:
> On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 1:57 AM, Sean Conner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > You can also write Lua in a functional style (you don't get lazy
> > evaluation, but neither do you have multiple inherentance), which I feel is
> > worth looking into.
> Absolutely, and Javier would endorse this as well, I think. The
> mindblowingly powerful concept of "closures" = functions + bound state
> makes a lot of those awkward patterns very straightforward.
Ah, I am reminded of this koan:
The venerable master Qc Na was walking with his student, Anton.
Hoping to prompt the master into a discussion, Anton said "Master, I
have heard that objects are a very good thing - is this true?" Qc Na
looked pityingly at his student and replied, "Foolish pupil -
objects are merely a poor man's closures."
Chastised, Anton took his leave from his master and returned to his
cell, intent on studying closures. He carefully read the entire
"Lambda: The Ultimate..." series of papers and its cousins, and
implemented a small Scheme interpreter with a closure-based object
system. He learned much, and looked forward to informing his master
of his progress.
On his next walk with Qc Na, Anton attempted to impress his master
by saying "Master, I have diligently studied the matter, and now
understand that objects are truly a poor man's closures." Qc Na
responded by hitting Anton with his stick, saying "When will you
learn? Closures are a poor man's object." At that moment, Anton
-spc (the sound of one hand typing ... )