Lapis vs Ophal vs Sailor vs Turbolua (The race for a Lua web framework)

UPDATE: Please read: “The Best Lua Web Frameworks” for a more extensive article about web related Lua projects.

If you are a web developer and you don’t like PHP, Python, Ruby nor Java, then Lua is your friend. All those languages have in common that they have too much stuff and most of it is old (90’s technology).

Lua web frameworks are riding the web, they are being developed by people native to the HTML5 and mobile web era. Lua is so easy to learn, fast and small that you can even write and run Lua code in your smartphone or (why not) write a Lua powered web app in your phone.

I’m sorry for you old stuff! Lua is the new hot thing kids are learning and they will code the future with Lua!

Ok, let’s talk about the future so you can pick what to learn in the near term.

Lapis

The first result when looking for “Lua web framework” in google (great SEO!). Lapis is a framework for building web applications (not a CMS).

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Ophal

This is an ambitious project of web platform.

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Sailor

Easy to find in google and ran by a dedicated student in Brasil, with interesting stuff.

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Turbo.lua

The favourite of children and young hackers.

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Others

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