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The Lua Programming Language Beginner’s Guide

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June 04, 2021

In this article, we’ll cover the basics of the Lua programming language, including:

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What is Lua?

LuaLua is a robust, lightweight, and embeddable scripting language that supports multiple programming methods, including procedural, object-oriented, functional, and data-driven programming.

As the primary focus on Lua is for scripting, it is rarely used as a standalone programming language. Instead, it is used as a scripting language that can be integrated (embedded) into other programs written in mainly C and C++. It also supports other programming languages via third-party plugins (NLua/KeraLua for .NET/C#).

Popular use cases for Lua include:

  • As a popular component in video game and game engine development. For example, Warframe, World of Warcraft, and CRYENGINE all use Lua.
  • As a programming language in many network programs, like CISCO Systems, Nmap, and ModSecurity.
  • As a programming language in industrial programs such as Adobe Lightroom and MySQL…

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