I've been experimenting with Linux on a spare PC using Crunchbang so that I can try changing things and tinker. The Conky system monitor is fun to work with and changes are immediately seen, so it's a great hands-on educational tool. I've read that it uses the Lua language which I've never heard of. Usually, it's python or perl or C++. What is the Lua language and is it worthwhile to learn it for beginners to programming?

  • What part of the Wikipedia article don't you understand? – Gilles Feb 29 '16 at 23:01
  • I'm a newbie and definitely on the wrong site - how can I compete with someone as advanced as you? Your folks must be so proud. – bensatlantic Mar 1 '16 at 2:15

Lua is a really tiny programming language. It's written in C and it's GOOD. Take a look at the "Programming in Lua" - online book on http://www.lua.org/pil/contents.html.

Lua is a perfect tool for embedding scripts in otherwise C/C++ applications. So with lua build into an executable like cronky (which I didnt know of) you can make it very adoptable.

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