|Announcing version 2.1 Lua, a language for extending applications email@example.com (1995-02-07)|
|From:||firstname.lastname@example.org (Luiz H de Figueiredo)|
|Keywords:||available, FTP, WWW|
|Organization:||Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo|
|Date:||Tue, 7 Feb 1995 18:09:48 GMT|
* What is Lua?
Lua is a simple, yet powerful, language for extending applications.
Lua has been developed by TeCGraf, the Computer Graphics Technology Group
of PUC-Rio, the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dozens of industrial products developed by TeCGraf use Lua.
* Some features of Lua
+ a simple, pascal-like, syntax;
+ powerful data description constructs (e.g., associative arrays);
+ user-controlled type constructors;
+ fallbacks for extending the meaning of the language in unconventional ways;
+ Lua programs are compiled into bytecodes, which are then interpreted to
simulate a virtual machine;
+ portable, written in ANSI C.
* Changes since version 1.1 (current version is 2.1)
+ object-oriented support;
+ simplified syntax for tables;
+ many internal improvements.
To make, simply type domake.
If make succeeds, you get an interpreter in ./bin/lua.
The libraries are in ./lib. The include files are in ./include.
You don't need the other directories for development.
There is a reference manual in ./doc and tests in ./test.
This distribution is biased towards SunOS 4 with gcc but it is simple to
change the Makefiles for other systems.
If you are running SunOs, type also "domake dynamic" to build shared
libraries in ./lib.
* Legal matters
Lua is not in the public domain; TeCGraf keeps its copyright. Nevertheless,
Lua is freely available for academic purposes. For commercial purposes,
please contact us.
* Contacting the authors
Send your comments, bug reports and anything else to email@example.com.
Please send me email if you download Lua so that we can know how far it goes.
Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TeCGraf-Grupo de Tecnologia em Computacao Grafica, Dep. Informatica, PUC-Rio
Rua Marques de Sao Vicente 225 voice: +55 21 529-9424
22453-900 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil fax: +55 21 511-5645
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