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On 06/02/2011 21:43, Mike McGonagle wrote:
I was hoping that there might be some precompiled binaries out there
for Windows XP that could be used to learn Lua.

A bit "raw", ie. you only have pure Lua, no fancy stuff like graphics or sockets, but you can add them later.

I have a 13 year old
kid who I would like to teach Lua. I looked at the Lua for Windows
project, but it appears to be for Windows 2000, and I am not quite
sure what compatibility issues there are with that and XP (I am a
Linux/Mac OS X programmer).

For the record, I (re)discovered last week the Auto Play Media Studio 8 (what a mouthful!), which used to be a paid software but is now free for personal use (even if you distribute is as closed source, as long as it is freeware).
It can be programmed in Lua 5.1, which is why I mention it here.

Disclaimer: I haven't tried it yet...
It is big (48MB for the install file), for Windows only, and somebody mentioned it generates big standalone exes (around 8MB): they don't seem to manage dependencies. (To be confirmed...)

It might be interesting as being a Windows GUI application, more familiar to a Windows user than something using a simple editor and the command line... :-)

Otherwise, game frameworks mentioned by Michal (there are others, IIRC) are a good, more lightweight alternative. Something like Visual Studio vs. GCC, choose your tools! ;-)

Philippe Lhoste
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