Connect ESP8266 with Thingspeak through LUA: Analog pin and Internal ReferenceVoltage

esp8266-thingspeakluaConnecting your ESP to Thingspeak with a program written in your Arduino IDE is quite easy and those programs come a dime a dozen.
However, when I went to look for a program that did the same in LUA I came a cross a number of programs that simply didn’t work.
So I had to give it a go myself.
The below program is more or less a skeleton for thingspeak connection. It reads two values and posts those on Thingspeak. As it was just for testing I didnt want to add a lot of sensors, so th eonly two values read are the Internal reference voltage and the analog value from ADC0.
To make the program easily adaptable, I readthe sensors in a seperate function.
If you want to add a variable resistor to test the ADC, mind you that it can only take 1 Volt input so you need a voltage divider that limits it to 1 volt instead of 3.3 Volt.
When using the program dont forget your network credentials and  Thingspeak API Key

WRITEKEY="T3I6T9YF67JE527" -- set your thingspeak.com key
wifi.setmode(wifi.STATION)
wifi.sta.config("YourSSID","YourPW")
wifi.sta.connect()
tmr.delay(1000000)
volt=0 --Internal reference voltage
ana=0 -- analog port A0 Mind you, this one has a 1 Volt max

--read sensor
function ReadSensor()
volt = node.readvdd33()
ana=adc.read(0) -- 1V=1023
print("Internal Ref.Voltage: " ..(volt/1000).."."..(volt%1000).." Volt")
print("Analoog: "..ana)
end 

-- send to https://api.thingspeak.com 
function sendTS() 
conn = nil
conn = net.createConnection(net.TCP, 0)
conn:on("receive", function(conn, payload)success = true print(payload)end)
conn:on("connection",
   function(conn, payload)
   print("Connected")
   conn:send('GET /update?key='..WRITEKEY..'&field1='..(volt/1000)..'.'..(volt%1000)..'&field2='..ana..'HTTP/1.1\r\n\
   Host: api.thingspeak.com\r\nAccept: */*\r\nUser-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; esp8266 Lua; Windows NT 5.1)\r\n\r\n')end)
conn:on("disconnection", function(conn, payload) print('Disconnected') end)
conn:connect(80,'184.106.153.149')
end

ReadSensor()
sendTS()
tmr.alarm(1,6000,1,function()ReadSensor()sendTS()end)

Now I haven’t been completely honest here, as it isnt really good practice to read the internal Voltage and the A0 port as it reads either the one or the other.
When using the  A0 to read internal voltage  in the Arduino IDE rather than in LUA ADC_MODE(ADC_VCC); in combination with ESP.getVcc() is now the correct way to do it. Using readvdd33 causes problems

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