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Using Lua with C#

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I'm creating a game using C# and XNA and I'm looking for a scripting language to work with so I don't have to recompile everything every time I make a tiny adjustment. I googled around a bit and found something called the Lua interface. This is my first time using a scripting language and I'm wondering what exactly I have to do in order to be able to use this the way I want. All help is appreciated.

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LuaInterface is really easy to use.

Basically, you'll have a class containing all of your functions that you want to expose to the script, then you can do something like this:
LuaInterface.Lua luaObject = new LuaInterface.Lua();

luaObject.RegisterFunction("scriptFunctionName", myClass, myClass.GetType().GetMethod("nameOfFunctionInClass"));

luaObject.DoString(script);
luaObject.GetFunction("someFunctionInTheScript").Call();

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C# with dynamic code compilation is a nice approach, IMO. Unfortunately you can't do it on the Xbox 360, though (the dynamic code compilation classes aren't available).

Personally for my XNA game (for PC and 360) I just use all C# anyway. Most of the reasons I used to use embedding scripting languages with C++ is taken care of by reflection (runtime discovery of types, properties, methods).

EDIT: Also if you are indeed targeting the 360, you should make sure that LuaInterface doesn't depend on any native-code libraries. I'm not really familiar with it, so I'm not sure if it does. I'm sure someone else here knows. [smile]

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LuaInterface depends on native Lua, so it is not an
option for the Xbox either..

So if the OP wants scripting on the Xbox something else must
be thought of :)

Marc

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Original post by marcjulian
LuaInterface depends on native Lua, so it is not an
option for the Xbox either..

So if the OP wants scripting on the Xbox something else must
be thought of :)

Marc


Ahh, that's too bad. Thanks for clearing that up. [smile]

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