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Re^2: Ruby Before Perl? Nah.

by starX (Chaplain)
on Jun 09, 2008 at 21:42 UTC ( #691106=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Ruby Before Perl? Nah.
in thread Ruby Before Perl? Nah.

I've been meaning to take a look at Lua for a while now. It looks syntactically similar to Ruby, and is designed to be primarily an extension language for C/C++; but that's from a cursory examination of the manual. It's worth mentioning that there is also a Java interface available, and the same folks who produced that have developed a web application framework to support Lua. If it really is as fast as the hype indicates, maybe it's worth looking into. Otherwise, it's probably just another mouse trap.


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Re^3: Ruby Before Perl? (Lua)
by moritz (Cardinal) on Jun 09, 2008 at 22:19 UTC
    I looked at lua a few months ago, and this is what I found:
    • It's a neat, small language
    • Variables are global by default (like in perl), but no use strict
    • The "A hash and an array are the same thing" concept really needs some time to adapt
    • Simple things aren't always easy, hard things not always possible

    Especially the second and the last point of that list convinced me not to adapt it as a general purpose programming language.

    However for the area it was designed for (being embedded in other applications) it sure is very cool and useful.

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