Java vs Lua: What are the differences?
What is Java? A concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, language specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. There are lots of applications and websites that will not work unless you have Java installed, and more are created every day. Java is fast, secure, and reliable. From laptops to datacenters, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere!.
What is Lua? Powerful, fast, lightweight, embeddable scripting language. Lua combines simple procedural syntax with powerful data description constructs based on associative arrays and extensible semantics. Lua is dynamically typed, runs by interpreting bytecode for a register-based virtual machine, and has automatic memory management with incremental garbage collection, making it ideal for configuration, scripting, and rapid prototyping.
Java and Lua can be categorized as "Languages" tools.
"Great libraries" is the primary reason why developers consider Java over the competitors, whereas "Fast learning curve" was stated as the key factor in picking Lua.
Lua is an open source tool with 1.26K GitHub stars and 437 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Lua's open source repository on GitHub.
Slack, Lyft, and MIT are some of the popular companies that use Java, whereas Lua is used by Shopify, Close, and Thumbtack. Java has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2378 company stacks & 2633 developers stacks; compared to Lua, which is listed in 55 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.
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