Yeah. I just meant that most languages have built-in functions that do what mine does. >.<
Know whatcha mean. First time through, it definitely looks like a deficiency.
Things get complicated as soon as metatables come into play, and tables with extra behavior start popping up. On the other hand, you can use the "len" metamethod and customize the behavior of the # operator for your own tables.
[[My cousin's father said:"Come over here". And I went.]]
[[blah]] is the string delimiter as well as "blah" and 'blah'. If that isn't enough, you can also use [=[blah]=], or [==[blah]==], or [===[blah]===] inserting as many equal signs as you need, they are all valid Lua strings for the string "blah".