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What is Lua?

Lua combines simple procedural syntax with powerful data description constructs based on associative arrays and extensible semantics. Lua is dynamically typed, runs by interpreting bytecode for a register-based virtual machine, and has automatic memory management with incremental garbage collection, making it ideal for configuration, scripting, and rapid prototyping.
Lua is a tool in the Languages category of a tech stack.
Lua is an open source tool with 1.4K GitHub stars and 462 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Lua's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Lua?

370 companies reportedly use Lua in their tech stacks, including Shopify, Tokopedia, and doubleSlash.

683 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Lua.

Lua Integrations

Google Code Prettify, Corona SDK, Devo,, and Crown are some of the popular tools that integrate with Lua. Here's a list of all 10 tools that integrate with Lua.
Pros of Lua
Fast learning curve
Efficient memory usage
Very easy to embed in C programs
Open source
Good for game scripting
Supported in most game engines
Syntax is amazing
Simple Language
Quick to code
Pretty simple to learn
Decisions about Lua

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Lua in their tech stack.

Shared insights

I am trying to make Roblox game which requires Lua. I quite don't want to go with Lua just because other tools just might let me do more projects later on. I heard that Python is most similar to Lua, but I am still not sure which tool to use. Java, I think it will help me with many stuff later on for websites, projects, and more!

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Shared insights

Hello, I am interested in learning how to program. I am a beginner, and many articles saying I should go with Python if I am new to programming. I considered Lua a long time ago, but for my career, I believe major programming languages should be better for me. I'm considering Python at this moment, but if you have other tools I should use, let me know.

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Rogério R. Alcântara

For a Visual Studio Code/Atom developer that works mostly with Node.js/TypeScript/Ruby/Go and wants to get rid of graphic-text-editors-IDE-like at once, which one is worthy of investing time to pick up?

I'm a total n00b on the subject, but I've read good things about Neovim's Lua support, and I wonder what would be the VIM response/approach for it?

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Lua Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Lua?
Python is a general purpose programming language created by Guido Van Rossum. Python is most praised for its elegant syntax and readable code, if you are just beginning your programming career python suits you best.
JavaScript is most known as the scripting language for Web pages, but used in many non-browser environments as well such as node.js or Apache CouchDB. It is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm scripting language that is dynamic,and supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles.
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.
Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. There are lots of applications and websites that will not work unless you have Java installed, and more are created every day. Java is fast, secure, and reliable. From laptops to datacenters, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere!
Go is expressive, concise, clean, and efficient. Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel type system enables flexible and modular program construction. Go compiles quickly to machine code yet has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection. It's a fast, statically typed, compiled language that feels like a dynamically typed, interpreted language.
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