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

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Sat Dec 27 10:55:10 CET 2008


Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> Hans Hagen writes:
>  > Mohamed Bana wrote:
> 
>  > > and i'm not trolling, i just want to know why.  please share your
>  > > thoughts.
>  > 
>  > [...] it's meant as as embedable language
> 
> Hans,
> you missed the most important point: Though Lua is a very modern and
> extremely powerful programming language with very interesting
> concepts, the main advantage is that it's easy to learn.
> 
> Whether Lua is designed for embedded systems or not is quite
> unimportant to end-users.  Otherwise you could consider GNU guile, a
> Scheme engine, too.

ah, i didn't mean for 'embedded systems', but as a language to embed 
i.e. use as interface to something bigger; 'extension language' is a 
better term

> Nothing against Scheme (or OCaml, Lisp, Perl, INTERCAL, Whitespace...),
> but for casual TeX users there is nothing better than Lua.

sure, and there ar emore reasons, like 'not being bloated by large 
libraries', rather stable, interesting small, easy to master the whole 
language, etc

Hans


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