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2009/7/24 Jim Jennings <>:
> Cosmin Apreutesei <> wrote:
> [...]
> This corresponds to an intuitive definition such as this one: "The
> expression a[k] returns what is in table a at index k.  Since nil is
> an illegal index, there can be no value stored at a[nil], and 'no
> value' in Lua is represented by nil.  So, a[nil]==nil."

You can always turn the problem one way or the other to have your
prefered solution look more or less natural. For me Lua tables are
infinite sets of key-value pairs, with any Lua object associated with
another one. And I'm just considering the pair with nil as key is a
read-only pair. For consistency I'd rather have it writable, but the
guarantee that the value nil is always associated to the key nil
simplifies a lot some other uses of tables (eg. iteration over pairs
with a non-nil value, which is a frequent operation).