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- Subject: Re: Lua content from O'Reilly
- From: Andrew Starks <andrew@...>
- Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 21:09:51 +0000
I've started creating some Lua-focused content for O'Reilly, a
publisher of many popular software books. This article, coming out in
A webcast and a report, both free, will follow.
If anyone is interested in helping to promote Lua as a language, one
way to do this would be to push some traffic toward this content (both
the above link and some future items linked from there). This would
directly add more Lua users, and indirectly provide O'Reilly with
evidence that Lua is a language worthy of more content. To be clear, I
am not receiving any direct benefit for this traffic; I love the
language and would like to help promote it by creating educational
material. I think the best way to enable more Lua content is to show
publishers that people see it as an interesting topic.
If anyone sees technical errors in the content, or if anyone is
interested in acting as a technical checker for future material,
please email me directly.
ps While writing this email, I searched the lua-l archives to see that
O'Reilly was at one time considering publishing Programming in Lua. It
was a mistake that they didn't do so, although I'm grateful PiL is
available free online. Here's some evidence that Lua is popular enough
for more books:
Liked the article very much.
In a future article, I think it would a great idea to contrast coroutines with callbacks and promises and other concurrency libraries.
A common comment that I get is that while Lua may be better, it's not better in a way that would compel someone with years of JS experience to switch.
I learned Lua before learning modern JS. The lack of coroutines and the attempts to cover up their absence stuck out more than any other difference. I think some illustrative examples would be enlightening.