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Show HN: Supershields.io – smart, Lua-powered SVG status badges
3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 24 Feb 2022
I'm generally using Visual Studio Code for all my development. Really like it.
I chose https://github.com/yuin/gopher-lua as the Lua engine because it is Golang-based, while the Nginx Lua VM is C, unless I'm mistaken. Using gopher-lua is just easier when I'm working in a Golang project. I only have to work in a single language and dev environment for all the backend work. Makes both development and testing easier.
Moonscript I might have heard of, but I have no experience with it. I did not consider it here, and I would rarely consider any niche scripting language for a solution I want others to use. It just introduces an unnecessary barrier to adoption.
Lua: Good, Bad, and Ugly Parts
11 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 22 Dec 2021
Show HN: LadyLua, batteries-included static Lua 5.1 interpreter
6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 8 Apr 2021
GopherLua  is a Lua implementation written in Go, not just a wrapper around the C implementation.
The main alternative seems to be Shopify’s go-lua , given that Microsoft’s golua  is no longer being developed. The main difference between these three implementations seems to be the supported Lua version - 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 respectively.
What are some alternatives?
go-lua - A Lua VM in Go
tengo - A fast script language for Go
go-python - naive go bindings to the CPython2 C-API
cel-go - Fast, portable, non-Turing complete expression evaluation with gradual typing (Go)
anko - Scriptable interpreter written in golang
purl - Perl, but fluffy like a cat!
ngaro - An embeddable implementation of the Ngaro Virtual Machine for Go programs