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NodeLua is a cross-platform firmware based on the lua language trying to make IoT programming easier. Not only an interpreter, but with a Web IDE, Cloud APIs, which makes you creating a real 'thing' more robustious and easier. It is currently running on ESP8266 and planned to support more chips, based on the lua language, nodejs-like APIs, but 10 times faster and 100 times smaller than nodejs. Which made it easily be fit into modules with only a few hundred kilobytes of Flash/RAM memory.
Access to all of the resources on the chip: GPIO, PWM, ADC, Timer, WIFI config, TCP server and client. Compile toolchain and the time wasting burning process are no longer needed.
A very easy to use web based IDE development environment. You can program and load codes into modules over-the-air.
Cloud APIs to storage the datas generating by the sensors on the modules(You can post data through only 2 lines of code!), to handle customer accounts, pairing, permissions, sharing devices with family and friends, control actions, triggers, timers send from customer’s phone or other sources.
NodeLua is a Lua fork rather than an eLua fork and therefore does not use eLua's Lua Tiny RAM
strategy for reducing RAM footprint, hence
The RAM size on ESP8266 is really tight for the Lua interpreter, currently there are only ~30KB free memory could be used both by NodeLua and your codes, which means dozens lines of code will used up all the heap space.
The project is now moribund, with the last GitHub commit some 6 months ago.
It's still in early alpha stage, you are welcome to be a early bird and help us to improve it! You can fork it on GitHub as well as send pull requests back.