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On Tue, 24 Mar 2009 09:41:12 -0700
"John Dunn" <> wrote:

> The goal is to allow our  users to write scripts which interact with
> devices on the network 
>   (1) without having to learn the Berkley sockets interface 
>   (2) ensure that their script don't block execution for too long a
> time
>   (3) without having to understand coroutines and yield()
>   (4) run on both Win32 and Linux platforms

This sounds almost precisely like what LuaSocket provides.  It's a
higher-level interface than Berkley (very easy to get going with),
supports non-blocking calls (ie, select), doesn't require you to use
co-routines, and works on Windows as well as Linux.