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On Mar 21, 2014 4:45 PM, "Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo" <> wrote:

> Lua 5.3.0 (work2) is now available for testing at

string.format uses a little language for constructing strings out of numbers and other strings, primarily in variable-length decimal encoding. I think a very similar language could be designed for constructing strings out of numbers and other strings in the domain of fixed-size binary encoding.

Aside from symmetry, my motivation is premature optimization. string.pack written in Lua would have the same problems as string.format written in Lua: as formatting is executed, short strings will be created, pushed on a Lua-side concat table, then turned into garbage. Easier and faster to do this at the C level where string building is cheaper.