Lua Development Tools now available as a standalone product
The Lua Development Tools (LDT), developed as part of the Eclipse Koneki project, are now available as a stand-alone development environment. LDT developer Benjamin Cabé says that the preconfigured software package is ideal for developers who are not particularly familiar with the Eclipse SDK (Software Development Kit). The standalone version is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux in versions suitable for 32- and 64-bit variants of each operating system. LDT is licensed under Eclipse Public Licence.
Lua is a free scripting language that is especially widespread in the fields of embedded development and video game programming. It is designed to be lightweight, fast and embeddable. Written in around 20,000 lines of C and compiled on Linux, the Lua interpreter with all standard Lua libraries takes 182 KB and the Lua library take 240 KB. Because of this compactness, it has found itself embedded in applications such as Adobe Lightroom and games such as World of Warcraft. Last June, the language skyrocketed into the top 10 of the Tiobe index , which lists the most popular programming languages. At the moment, however, it comes in at number 21.