What is Lua?

What is Lua?

Source: Alexandre Nakonechnyj (Grafik-Design) und Lua-Team (PostScript-Code) / Public domain

Lua is a powerful, efficient, lightweight, embeddable scripting language. It supports procedural programming, object-oriented programming, functional programming, data-driven programming, and data description.

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 with a register-based virtual machine, and has automatic memory management with incremental garbage collection, making it ideal for configuration, scripting, and rapid prototyping.

Where does Lua come from?

Source: Governo do Brasil / Public domain

Lua is designed, implemented, and maintained by a team at PUC-Rio, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Source: Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro

It was designed by Roberto Lerusalimschy, Waldemar Celes and Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo.

What does Lua mean?

Source: Gregory H. Revera / CC BY-SA

"Lua" (pronounced LOO-ah) means "Moon" in Portuguese.