Lua is a powerful, light-weight programming language designed for extending applications, and often used as a general-purpose, stand-alone language. It is free software. Lua combines simple procedural syntax with powerful data description constructs based on associative arrays and extensible semantics. It is dynamically typed, interpreted from bytecodes, and has automatic memory management with garbage collection, making it ideal for configuration, scripting, and rapid prototyping.
Short presentation on the language, examples with source code and output; syntax diagram available as PDF. English, Deutsch.
The open source language is a useful, increasingly popular choice for embedded scripting; by Keith Fieldhouse. O'Reilly Media ONLamp.com.
Frequently Asked Questions about Lua
Home site; lightweight, made to extend programs, often used for general-purpose, standalone use; simple procedural syntax, powerful data description constructs use associative arrays, extensible semantics; dynamically typed, bytecode interpreted, garbage collected; great for configuration, scripting, rapid prototyping. [Open Source]
Growing article, with links to many related topics. Wikipedia.
Reference Manual of the Lua programming language
Wiki, collaborative site for programmers; Lua-l archive, searchable body of official Lua mail list; IRC channel chat room; mini charter.
Explains, summarizes main features, with motives, code samples; by Lua authors. Dr. Dobb's Journal.
Overview from journal, by Roberto Ierusalimschy, Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo, Waldemar Celes Filho; Software: Practice and Experience, John Wiley and Sons, 1996.
Alternative interface for browsing the Lua reference manual. Include overview, search facility, and extensible URLs aimed at quick access to specific parts of the documentation.
By Roberto Ierusalimschy; Lua.org, 2003, ISBN 8590379817. Official book, by Lua's main architect, covers all aspects, from basics to API with C; gives solid base for programmers to use Lua.
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