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Hi Sean,

On 14 January 2017 at 23:33, Sean Conner <> wrote:
>> >> 4. More type annotations - such as string, closure and more
>> >> interestingly - a userdata annotation where you can use the __name
>> >> attribute of the metatable to say what type is expected.
>> >
>> >   I would avoid trying to overload the __name attribute.  This is Ravi, not
>> > Lua, so perhaps come up with your own metamethod [1].
>> >
>> It is not overloading, more making use of this feature. For example,
>> say you have userdata with __name set to 'Foo'. Then the idea is you
>> could declare:
>> function bar ( a : Foo )
>> local b: Foo = a
>> end
>> The compiler can introduce type assertions. This has no performance
>> benefit but it can help make code more robust. The compiler could also
>> determine that any operations on these require metamethod calls.
>   Okay, that makes mroe sense, but you have your syntax to really work on.
> For instance, I found the following __names in an instance of Lua 5.3:
>         FILE*
>         lpeg-pattern
>         zlib:zstream
>   -spc (Well, I loaded a few modules first 8-)

>From the parser point of view such names simply won't be allowed in
the declaration so it won't be possible to declare such names. So I
guess that's okay.