[MediaWiki-l] Lua/Scribunto

Stephan Gambke s7eph4n at protonmail.com
Wed Jul 18 07:23:15 UTC 2018

Protoypes is a good pointer. Thanks!

I didn't find any automatisms, but I can do

setmetatable( someTable, { __index = table} )

and I am set to do someTable:insert(), someTable:concat(), etc. Neat.

Unfortunately it is not as easy for strings. There actually is an automatism for strings in vanilla Lua, but it is turned off in Scribunto. [1]


[1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Scribunto/Lua_reference_manual#Metatables:"Note: In Lua, all strings also share a single metatable, in which __index refers to the string table. This metatable is not accessible in Scribunto, nor is the referenced `string` table; the string table available to modules is a copy."

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On July 17, 2018 10:43 PM, Derk-Jan Hartman <d.j.hartman+wmf_ml at gmail.com> wrote:

> Maybe you missed that table.foo (and similarly string.foo) is the prototype for any someTable, which thus automatically has someTable.foo(). And that someTable:foo(args) is just syntactic sugar for someTable.foo( someTable, args ) ?
> It's one of those weird Lua quirks
> DJ
> On Mon, Jul 16, 2018 at 1:05 PM Stephan Gambke <s7eph4n at protonmail.com> wrote:
> > I have been playing with Scribunto recently and the one thing that struck me as odd was that Lua has a number of methods like table.foo or string.foo, but I did not find any factory module leveraging these methods to provide someting more intuitive like someTable:foo or someString:foo.
> > Is it just not worth it or did I miss anything?
> >
> > Stephan
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