[texhax] bibtex

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Tue Aug 17 21:07:12 CEST 2010

On 17 August 2010 Paul Isambert wrote:

 > Selon Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de>:
 > > On 17 August 2010 Susan Dittmar wrote:
 > >  > Do you have any hints for me where I should start if I would like to use
 > >  > lualatex instead?
 > >
 > > The best introduction is:
 > >
 > >   http://www.inf.puc-rio.br/~roberto/pil2/
 > >
 > > This book is really worth its money.  The first edition of the book
 > > (describing Lua 5.0) is available online:
 > >
 > >   http://www.lua.org/pil/
 > >
 > > The tutorials are very helpful too:
 > >
 > >   http://lua-users.org/wiki/TutorialDirectory
 > >
 > > The LuaTeX manual describes LuaTeX specific extensions.
 > I share Philipp and Reinhard's enthusiasm for LuaTeX and I use it
 > everyday.  However, sorry for the pessimism, there's no good
 > introduction to LuaTeX yet.  Reinhard's link is excellent indeed
 > (and let's add the reference manual:
 > http://www.lua.org/manual/5.1/), but it won't tell you how to use
 > LuaTeX. And the LuaTeX manual is minimalist and not very
 > beginner-friendly, which may be explained by the fact that, well,
 > there are other things to do for the time being.
 > To my knowledge, and I'd be very glad if anybody proved me wrong,
 > there's only one way to LuaTeX for the moment, and that's the hard
 > one. Experiment, try to understand, ask questions on the mailing
 > list, and trust time. Now for a somewhat more cheerful note: that's
 > what I've done, and now I'm a very happy LuaTeX user -- even though
 > my general education in programming was close to zero (well, it's a
 > bit better now). So it can be done.
 > And I'd add that what you need to understand LuaTeX is not so much
 > being good at Lua than exploring how TeX works: Lua mastery won't
 > help if a list of nodes means nothing to you. (This point of view
 > might just stem from the way I use LuaTeX, though.)
 > Ah, and a definitive upbeat note: LuaTeX is hard, but you are more
 > than rewarded using it. It's so [insert f-word here] powerful!

I agree that the TeX related part of the manual is not very
beginner-friendly.  If anybody is willing and has the time to write
tutorials, I recommend to simply hijack the Context Wiki:



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