|[ANNOUNCE] Lua 2.4 -- an extensible extension language firstname.lastname@example.org (1996-05-14)|
|From:||email@example.com (Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo)|
|Date:||14 May 1996 20:22:11 -0400|
|Organization:||University of Waterloo|
* 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 language in unconventional ways (e.g.,
+ garbage collection
+ Lua programs are compiled into bytecodes, which are then interpreted
+ portable, written in ANSI C (runs in Unix, DOS, Windows, Mac, Cray, ...)
The latest version of Lua is always available at the following locations:
In Brazil: ftp://ftp.icad.puc-rio.br/pub/lua/lua.tar.gz
In Canada: ftp://csg.uwaterloo.ca/pub/lhf/lua/lua.tar.gz
Home page: http://www.inf.puc-rio.br/~roberto/lua.html
The current version is 2.4.
* Changes since version 2.2 (version 2.3 was never publicly released)
+ external compiler creates portable binary files that can be loaded faster
+ interface for debugging and profiling
+ new "getglobal" fallback
+ new functions for handling references to Lua objects
+ new functions in standard lib
+ only one copy of each string is stored
+ better documentation
* Legal matters
Lua is freely available for both academic and commercial purposes.
Lua is not in the public domain; TeCGraf keeps its copyright.
* Contacting the authors
Send your comments, bug reports and anything else to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send us email if you download Lua so that we can know how far it goes.
Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo http://csg.uwaterloo.ca/~lhf/
Computer Systems Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (519) 888-4567-1-5517, fax (519) 746-5422
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