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> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> On Behalf Of Gavin Wraith
> Sent: woensdag 21 december 2011 22:49
> To:
> Subject: Re: Getting Started with Lua
> In message <> you
> wrote:
> > Does the Lua web site need a page "Getting Started with Lua",
> > perhaps along the lines of ?
> > ............................
> > I've tried this but I cannot find the right tone or level of detail:
> >
> > .........................
> > I welcome suggestions, including "no, we don't need this"... Thanks.
> Please excuse some rather obvious remarks about this. It is necessary
> to distinguish between 1) the levels of programming experience that
> the newcomer to Lua already has, and 2) the platforms that she is
> accustomed to use.
> I would suggest that the complete beginner, with no programming
> experience, is best catered for by platform-specific tutorials.
> For the more experienced I think it would be good for the Lua website
> to have some sample programs illustrating Lua's strengths, possibly
> giving comparisons with other languages. See, for example, Michael
> Newberry's remarks on the LuaList on Tue, 30 Nov 2004:
> "Re: Why Lua is not BASIC - other articles?"
> As always, the difficulty is in finding programming tasks to
> illustrate that are neither too lengthy nor too trivial.

I wouldn't do it along those Lines. Here's my 2cts;

The way I see it Lua has 2 audiences;
  1 - Lua coders
  2 - Lua embedders
Both with a completely different need, so give them both their own heading
on the page. The latter would require quick links to the API and some C
examples. The former needs access to the basic tools and Lua language
The platform specific stuff is beyond any beginner audience anyway (except
for platform specific startup items like the IDE's etc.)

For learning resources; PiL, Lua reference, FAQ, unofficial FAQ, wiki.