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Embeddable programming language

Lua is a programming language designed for extending applications. It is also frequently used as a general-purpose, stand-alone language.

It combines simple procedural syntax with powerful data description constructs based on associative arrays and extensible semantics. Lua is dynamically typed, interpreted from bytecodes, and has automatic memory management with incremental garbage collection, making it ideal for configuration, scripting, and rapid prototyping.


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Download version 5.3 (stable)
released on 12 January 2015


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Leaders and contributors

Roberto Ierusalimschy Author
Waldemar Celes Author
Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo Author

Resources and communication

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 12 January 2015.


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