*Updated versions of Lua and libraries?

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Updated versions of Lua and libraries?

Postby ColeValleyGirl » 18 Oct 2018 15:55

Please could we have access to updated versions of the Lua software (we have 5.1, current version is 5.3.5) and the libraries (for example we have iup 3.11.2, current version is 3.25).

We're missing out on bug fixes and enhancements that may make developing plugins much easier. For example, iup introduced navigating by string to a position in a list in 3.12 (attribute VALUESTRING) but 3.11 only allows navigation by position, which makes sorted lists very difficult to use.

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Re: Updated versions of Lua and libraries?

Postby tatewise » 18 Oct 2018 18:53

There is a related problem.
How does any user know what versions of what libraries are actually currently supported by FH?
It requires a certain amount of user ingenuity to discover those details.
See my Ticket #533040 Lua Library Modules Supported by FH submitted a year ago, and despite a promise to get back to me, Calico Pie never have.

I agree the later versions should be supported, but I think it better to report directly to Calico Pie as it is very unlikely to get many user Votes in our Wish List.
Mike Tate ~ researching the Tate and Scott family history.

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Re: Updated versions of Lua and libraries?

Postby ColeValleyGirl » 19 Oct 2018 05:36

At least posting here may make those people developing plugins aware, if they weren't before.

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Re: Updated versions of Lua and libraries?

Postby tatewise » 19 Oct 2018 09:33

To make Plugin developers aware, would it be better posted in the Plugin Discussions Forum or perhaps somewhere in the Knowledge Base > Family Historian Plugins > Developer Guide?
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Re: Updated versions of Lua and libraries?

Postby ColeValleyGirl » 19 Oct 2018 10:13

If you think this doesn't belong in this forum, move it -- but I put it where I thought it belongs.

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Re: Updated versions of Lua and libraries?

Postby tatewise » 19 Oct 2018 10:57

I've moved the thread to the Plugin Discussions, but retained it in the New Wish List Requests too.

The topic is covered in the Knowledge Base > Family Historian Plugins > Developer Guide > Getting Started Writing Plugins > Online References & Library Modules.
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Re: Updated versions of Lua and libraries?

Postby tatewise » 19 Oct 2018 12:34

You may have noticed that I asked for an update in my Ticket #533040 and got the reply:
We are looking to update the Lua library as part of version 7.
However, I’m afraid I can’t give you any kind of timeframe on that.

Sorry for not getting back to you. We agree that there should be more information about Lua Library Modules made available to plugin authors and we will look at that at the same time.
Mike Tate ~ researching the Tate and Scott family history.


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