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Lua is a very nice and easy to learn scripting language specifically designed to be embedable and able to represent complex data.

It features:

  • Clean syntax
  • Simple yet extremely powerful and extensible datastructure, the tables, that can be used as hashtables, vectors, arrays, lists, namespaces, objects, ...
  • Easily embedable into existing projects
  • Lightweight
  • Very fast
  • Can be compiled to bytecode(actaully it always is, but the bytecode cna be dumped to a file for latter reuse)
  • Many other nifty things ;)

Lua is heavily used by some roguelikes, like ToME, where a good part of the engine is in Lua and the game itself will be completly in Lua in the next version, and the [[H-World] engine.

See also Lua homepage.

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