Common Programming Languages By Dr. Cory Plock For many people, hearing mention of a programming language such as Lua, Python, or Java is like encountering a mysterious concept, even though it is quite common to interact with the products of these languages every day without knowing it. For instance, code writers crafted the popular game “Angry Birds” using the Lua programming language. Below is a brief introduction to the three languages mentioned above. Lua Founded by Brazilian developers, Lua is a simple platform used almost entirely to forge video games. However, its simplicity and ease of use may have encouraged its use in the creation of virulent software like the Flame virus, which was employed to spy on the Iranian government. Python A programming language with great versatility, Python is compatible with Windows, Linux, and other operating systems. It’s known for its clear and crisp syntax, which developers at YouTube, Google, NASA, and countless others have relied upon. Java This language was pioneered by Sun Microsystems in 1995 and went on to see robust use. It currently runs on nearly a billion personal computers and has a reputation for reliability. Java contributed greatly to Google’s Android operating system (which was recently the subject of a related lawsuit), among a vast array of other widely used software. Dr. Cory Plock received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University, where he now holds a teaching position.