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on 1 March 2013
For a while I was looking for a way to make C/++ applications easier to write. Once I realised that Lua was such a powerful scripting language and all for the low low price of about 200kb and a liberal MIT license I was amazed!

The reference manual and Programming in Lua Volume 1 are available on line which is plenty to get you familiar with the basics. Once you've grasped those, YOU NEED THIS BOOK!

Its style is the same as PiL#1 which is to say comprehensive and well written. The author explains every bit of the language and makes clear what is essential and what is 'common practice'. He also provides useful tips on alternative (Lua-like) ways of doing things which don't always come naturally to C/++ programmers.

The first third deals with the basics of writing Lua scripts. The second third explains some more advanced ways of scripting along with the Lua standard libraries. The last third tends to deal integrating Lua into your own C/++ applications. For this last third, it is probably useful having a copy of the Lua source (also on line) and compiling in your own environment to experiment with some of the C API. Throughout the book there are regular annotations where something relevant has changed since 5.1.

The official Lua mailing list is also a very active list that's worth signing up for as well. The author actively participates in the list too.
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on 5 February 2013
Very few programming languages have excellent books about them, and Lua is lucky to be one of those. It is a great book for a beginner, and you will come back to it as you learn and understand more. The third edition also includes exercises to help you think about the ideas presented.
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on 10 August 2013
Excellent clarity and thoughtful ordering of topics presented make this a "must have" buy for anyone even remotely interested in Lua ver 5.1.x/5.2.

Even if you're only interested in the 5.1 interpreter/JIT series then get this edition, as all differences from 5.1->5.2 are highlighted as presented.

And even if you're not interested in computer programming (!) then lend this book to a native English speaking author/writer and watch them become ashamed...
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on 29 September 2014
This book is the main book for LUA. If you are picking up the lua language then you'll already be efficient enough in coding in an object orientated language. It covers everything you generally need to know.
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on 30 March 2016
This book was gift, so I didn't get to enjoy it myself, however my friend, to whom I gave this book, was very pleased with it. It arrived in good time and in good condition.
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on 28 February 2014
I have being programming since I started college 3 years ago and with that and this book I found it easy to pick up and start writing scripts. It is a very good book!!
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on 2 May 2013
well explained and layed out, Great for first time Programmers.
My 11yr old son is doing great things with it.
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on 17 November 2015
Great book.
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