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It looks like JavaScript, has a Python aesthetic, and integrates easily with C/C++. Meet Lua: a scripting language for fantasy computers.

Hey everyone and welcome back to our series highlighting different programming languages. This issue we’re going to discuss a language that’s useful in a lot of different gaming contexts: Lua.

Lua has actually been around for over twenty years but is still going strong. It’s the scripting language for Roblox Studio and for most of the “fantasy computers” on the market right now, like the TIC-80 system described elsewhere in this issue.

Lua is a language that’s designed to be easy to use that also can integrate into projects written in C/C++. That’s why it’s so commonly seen as a scripting language in things like Roblox, TIC-80, or even something as nerdy as a typesetting system for books.

If I were to compare Lua to any other language I’d probably say it’s closest to JavaScript but with Ruby and Python’s aesthetic.

For example, a simple loop through an array that doubles each element looks like:

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