Lua is more popular than JavaScript

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“More and more, Lua is proving itself a great language for mobile development, and Corona SDK has been a key ingredient in this movement.” — Roberto Ierusalimschy, creator of the Lua Language. In TIOBE’s June 2011 rankings, Lua is now the 10th most popular programming language, leaping ahead of JavaScript: TIOBE credits Lua’s growing popularity in mobile apps while traditional web scripting languages are having a “hard time.” They also reiterate something all of us already knew about Lua: “its small footprint and fast performance.” Take a closer look at the rankings and you’ll see that Lua’s got some serious momentum right now. In fact, it moved up the rankings 10 times as quickly as JavaScript over the past year. Given all the hype around