Lua vs Perl: What are the differences?
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; Perl: Highly capable, feature-rich programming language with over 26 years of development. Perl is a general-purpose programming language originally developed for text manipulation and now used for a wide range of tasks including system administration, web development, network programming, GUI development, and more.
Lua and Perl belong to "Languages" category of the tech stack.
"Fast learning curve" is the top reason why over 19 developers like Lua, while over 62 developers mention "Lots of libraries" as the leading cause for choosing Perl.
Lua and Perl are both open source tools. Lua with 1.26K GitHub stars and 437 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Perl with 428 GitHub stars and 150 GitHub forks.
MIT, SendGrid, and WebbyLab are some of the popular companies that use Perl, whereas Lua is used by Shopify, Close, and Thumbtack. Perl has a broader approval, being mentioned in 132 company stacks & 61 developers stacks; compared to Lua, which is listed in 55 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.
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