[Dev-luatex] LuaTeX and ANT (Ant is not TeX)

Barry Schwartz chemoelectric at chemoelectric.org
Fri Dec 26 19:04:46 CET 2008

Mohamed Bana <m.bana at ucl.ac.uk> skribis:
> why precisely was Lua chosen as the implementation language?/  ANT (ant is 
> not TeX)/, see http://ant.berlios.de/ was registered: 2005-Nov-23 10:38.  
> as far as i'm aware, dynamic languages are generally much slower than those 
> that are statically typed.

Ant may be written in OCaml but the author himself pointed out
recently that ant wasn't written for speed and isn't fast. It's
designed, like luaTeX, to be easy to modify and extend (as long as you
know OCaml and can recompile). It did include a scripting language
before luaTeX :) but not a full-featured one.

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