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On Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 10:04 PM, Duncan Cross <> wrote:
> languages. My understanding is that keeping this strict division
> between expression and statement is part of the simplicity that Lua
> needs to keep its parser as fast as possible.

I suspect that relaxing this rule would not make the parser much
slower; the simplicity of Lua is intended to help the _human_ parsing
the code. E.g. the famous C/C++ mistake 'if (a = b)' is not possible.
Code is easier to read when there aren't too many possible surprises.