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For 2021 - online Python 3 training - see ((here)).

Our plans were to retire in summer 2020 and see the world, but Coronavirus has lead us into a lot of lockdown programming in Python 3 and PHP 7.
We can now offer tailored online training - small groups, real tutors - works really well for groups of 4 to 14 delegates. Anywhere in the world; course language English.

Please ask about private 'maintenance' training for Python 2, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, etc.
The indexed and hashed parts of a Lua table

A Lua table contains both a sequentially indexed section and a hash keyed section (and a few other things too). When you sort the table, you sort only the index keyed section, when you use ipairs you use just the first (indexed) section, but when you use pairs you use the whole table. See source code example.

Because of these two sections, a table is the only Lua native collection object (userdata is available via C), and it is used for Vectors, Lists, Tuples, Arrays, Stacks, queues, dictionaries, associative arrays, hashed and objects. After all, Lua has a tiny footprint at it's great to be able to use a single type in so many ways.

We teach Programming in Lua at our Melksham Training Centre regularly, and can run on site courses in many countries to our standard agenda, or to an agenda tuned for your specific needs.
(written 2009-08-10, updated 2009-08-12)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
U105 - Lua - Tables and the table library.
  [1697] Sorting in lua - specifying your own sort routine - (2008-07-05)
  [1742] Lua - Table elements v table as a whole - (2008-08-07)
  [2499] ourdog is Greyhound, Staffie and Ginger Cake - (2009-11-09)
  [2699] Lua tables - they are everything - (2010-03-30)
  [2703] Lua Metatables - (2010-04-02)
  [3694] Special __ methods you can use in Lua metatables - (2012-04-12)
  [3725] Lua Tables - (2012-05-10)
  [4248] Metatables, Metamethods, classes and objects in Lua - (2014-03-18)
  [4273] Dot or Colon separator between table name and member in Lua - what is the difference? - (2014-05-06)
  [4571] Lua - using modules to add your own utilities - (2015-11-04)


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