Programming with Multiple Paradigms in Lua

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Programming with Multiple Paradigms in Lua
Abstract. Lua is a scripting language used in many industrial applications, with an emphasis on embedded systems and games. Two key points in the design of the language that led to its widely adoption are flexibility and small size. To achieve these two conflicting goals, the design emphasizes the use of few but powerful mechanisms, such as first-class functions, associative arrays, coroutines, and reflexive capabilities. As a consequence of this design, although Lua is primarily a procedural language, it is frequently used in several different programming paradigms, such as functional, object-oriented, goal-oriented, and concurrent programming, and also for data description. In this paper we discuss what mechanisms Lua features to achieve its flexibility and how programmers use them for different paradigms.
Roberto Ierusalimschy
Added 25 May 2010
Updated 25 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where WFLP
Authors Roberto Ierusalimschy
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