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I think the most useful languages for a Web developer are PHP, Java,
.NET., and Python, not sure about the order.

I think LuaJIT+FFI is a tremendously exciting language and offers many
things that would be very valuable for a Web stack, i.e. developing
Web servers, page templating, etc., especially because with LuaJIT+FFI
the code might well run more or less as fast as C code.

But there are not yet the huge libraries of tested code that Web
developers can use with these other langauges.

I have myself developed Web sites with pure C++, Java, C#, PHP, and
Python. The easiest way to go was definitely Python. If the libraries
existed, Lua would be not quite as easy to use as Python, but probably
quite a bit more efficient; I think it would become my first choice...
if the libraries existed.


On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 3:30 PM, Tim Johnson <> wrote:
> I've been a programmer for 24 years. I have a background (way back)
> in C and Assembler and about a dozen other languages. These days I
> do primarily web development using python. There might be a market
> for me for mobile devices.
> I would welcome sincere comments on whether lua might be useful for
> me. I don't mean to troll for an argument or a language war, but
> just to see if there might be practical application for me to learn
> lua.
> Thanks
> --
> Tim
> tim at or

Michael Gogins
Irreducible Productions
Michael dot Gogins at gmail dot com