Welcome to the site. The page is intended to get you started in Lua.
Where can I learn Lua? Programming In Lua [the Lua book] by Roberto Ierusalimschy is the official book about the language (an earlier version of which is available online ), and there are several other LuaBooks. Beyond that, the links below offer some direction. Content on this wiki includes the LuaTutorial (written before any LuaBooks emerged), but note that the Programming In Lua book is considered an excellent tutorial.
- If you are completely new to Lua then the LuaOrgGuide has some articles about the language itself, its history, and coverage in the media.
- Have a look at the LuaTutorial, with articles in the TutorialDirectory.
- There are an increasing number of LuaBooks.
- There are notes on BuildingLua for various platforms.
- Have a look at the SampleCode for some examples.
- If you have any questions then you could try looking for answers in the [official FAQ], and the LuaFaq on this wiki. There is also a lua-l mailing list and its archive will contain many questions and their answers . You can join the list easily .
- Get an editor that supports Lua syntax in LuaEditorSupport.
- If you would like to embed Lua in an application look at BindingCodeToLua.
- Browse LuaAddons, LibrariesAndBindings for useful addons, reference and ideas.
- LuaDirectory and LuaLinks contain more general links.
- ClassesAndMethods discusses some ideas for implementing classes in Lua 4.0.
- LuaClassesWithMetatable discusses implementing objects and methods in Lua 5.0.
- If you would like to edit the Lua source code but don't know a lot about compilers there are some CompilerWritingReferences which may be useful.
- Lua uses a garbage collector to manage its memory allocation. Have a look at the GarbageCollection page for general information on garbage collectors and Lua's implementation.
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