June 27, 2007

What is Lua?

Lua is a new, powerful, fast and free scripting language which is used in many industrial applications like Adobe Lightromm and games like World of Warcraft.

The specialty about Lua is its simplicity and easy to learn and write code. It integrates with Java, C, C++, C#, Smalltalk, Fortran, Ada, and other scripting languages like Perl and Ruby. So it is easy to extend features of programs written in other languages.

Pronounced as‘loo-ah’, was developed at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Lua was born way back in 1993 atTecgraf, the Computer Graphics Technology Group of PUC-Rio, and is now housed at Lablua. Both Tecgraf and Lablua are laboratories of the Department of Computer Science.

Lua is distributed in a small package that builds out-of-the-box in all platforms that have an ANSI/ISO C compiler. Lua runs on all flavors of Unix and Windows. For documentation and download, visit at: Lua.org

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