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On 04-Feb-20 01:03, Coda Highland wrote:
On Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 4:27 PM Enrico Colombini < <>> wrote:

    On 03-Feb-20 18:51, Coda Highland wrote:
     > On that note: Promoting a beginner-friendly Lua IDE, even if it's
     > suitable for professional use, is going to be the biggest step we
     > take towards making it easy for novices to get started with Lua
     > development on Windows.

    Perhaps, but Python hasn't got one out of the box and is much used
    anyway. An IDE could be an interesting step after standard libraries,
    distribution and package manager (not necessarily in this order).

Yes it does? Python on Windows has shipped with IDLE for a VERY long time.

I have to confess I didn't know, probably because I never saw anyone using it. It could be due to my limited sample: industrial programmers and students / hobbysts / 'makers'.

Anyway, I still think 'a step at a time' would be the best policy. First step a stable, 'blessed' library.

Then there is the matter of stability: Lua getting better is a great thing but, on the other hand, it is hard to build a large user base on shifting foundations. An industrial client of mine still develops in Python 2.7 because splitting the codebase would be a huge headache for re-testing and maintenance of machinery installed around the world.

But supporting multiple Lua versions for each module could be hard work (and no, I don't see a simple solution to this dilemma).