80: Luvit and Lua Bindings for libuv
Wynn caught up with Tim Caswell to talk about Luvit, his new project that provides Lua bindings for libuv.
Notes and Links
- Adam recently married the lovely Heather.
- Tim Caswell is a long time friend of the show, creator of the How to Node blog.
- Lua is a powerful, fast, lightweight, embeddable scripting language.
- Luvit = Lua + libUV + jIT = pure awesomesauce.
- LuaJIT’s FFI library allows calling external C functions and using C data structures from pure Lua code.
- Luvit can take advantage of most Node libraries as long as they use non-blocking IO.
- Rackspace is using Luvit in production already, but without HTTP.
- Tim likes the callback style of coding that V8 promotes.
- Wynn asks where Node.js is on the Gartner hype cycle.
- Luvmonkey is a port of libuv bindings for SpiderMonkey.
- Tim fails to see the use case for AMD.
- Tim worked with Jeremy Ashkenas on CoffeeScript while at Document Cloud.
- Tim has played with Go but likes Rust better.
- Tim is now working at Cloud9 and their cloud-based IDE.
- Nodebits is another Node.js blog.
- Bert Belder and Ben Noordhuis are the “libuv guys” at Cloud9.
- Boot2Gecko is “an early-stage project to expose all device capabilities such that infrastructure like phone dialers can be built with Web APIs.”
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