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- Subject: Re: Thought experiment: what would you remove from Lua
- From: dyngeccetor8 <dyngeccetor8@...>
- Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2018 02:55:02 +0300
On 08/01/2018 01:16 AM, Dibyendu Majumdar wrote:
> Are there features in Lua that could be removed to create a simpler language?
For me it is not well-placed question. Answer depends
on what you need. For example garbage collector may be
dropped for certain class of scripts.
>>From syntactical point of view Lua is simple language.
It's ABNF syntax may be written on three A4 pages.
But some syntax sugar may be technically dropped:
* three types of quotes,
* two-plus character quoting possibilities,
* "," or ";" in table constructors,
* "t.a" (may be changed to "t['a']")
There are also features and functions which I use rarely:
* coroutines (never used yet but planning in next ten years),
* metatables (not wish to use (except when have to)),
* integers and C-like bit operands (kool, but not crucial),
* string.reverse() (anyone used it?)