|Advice needed: book on interpreter construction firstname.lastname@example.org (1995-12-30)|
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|Re: Advice needed: book on interpreter construction firstname.lastname@example.org (Patrick Herring) (1996-01-12)|
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|From:||firstname.lastname@example.org (Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo)|
|Date:||15 Jan 1996 20:59:40 -0500|
|Organization:||Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo|
email@example.com (David PC Wollmann) writes:
>I need to write a simple interpreter and a language as part of a
>database conversion program. ...
Alex Martelli <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Why not just grab a simple readymade language and interpreter from
>somewhere on the net and just use it, possibly with tweaks if you
>really need some? You can hardly beat such wholesale reuse when
try Lua (see below).
* What is Lua?
Lua is a simple, yet powerful, language for extending applications.
Lua has been developed by TeCGraf, the Computer Graphics Technology Group
of PUC-Rio, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dozens of industrial products developed by TeCGraf use Lua.
* Some features of Lua
+ a simple, pascal-like, syntax
+ powerful data description constructs (e.g., associative arrays)
+ user-controlled type constructors
+ fallbacks for extending the language in unconventional ways (e.g.,
+ garbage collection
+ Lua programs are compiled into bytecodes, which are then interpreted
+ portable, written in ANSI C (runs in Unix, DOS, Windows, Mac, Cray, ...)
In Brazil: ftp://ftp.icad.puc-rio.br/pub/lua/lua-2.2.tar.gz
In Canada: ftp://csg.uwaterloo.ca/pub/lhf/lua/lua-2.2.tar.gz
Home page: http://www.inf.puc-rio.br/~roberto/lua.html
* Legal matters
Lua is freely available for both academic and commercial purposes.
Lua is not in the public domain; TeCGraf keeps its copyright.
* Changes since version 2.1 (current version is 2.2)
+ functions now may be declared with any "lvalue" as a name
+ garbage collection of functions
+ support for pipes
* Changes since version 1.1
+ object-oriented support
+ simplified syntax for tables
+ many internal improvements
To make, simply type domake.
If make succeeds, you get an interpreter in ./bin/lua.
If make fails, please let me know.
The libraries are in ./lib. The include files are in ./include.
You don't need the other directories for development.
There is a reference manual in ./doc, and tests and examples in ./test.
This distribution is biased towards SunOS 4 with gcc but it is simple to
change the Makefiles for other systems, if necessary.
If you are running SunOs, type also "domake dynamic" to build shared
libraries in ./lib.
If your system does not have "popen", then change ./clients/lib/Makefile.
* Contacting the authors
Send your comments, bug reports and anything else to email@example.com.
Please send me email if you download Lua so that we can know how far it goes.
Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer Systems Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (519) 885-1211 x5517, fax (519) 746-5422
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