To the average person, lint is something that gets caught by filters in clothes dryers, but to computer programmers, lint is actually helpful, as in lint programs, which help them sniff out bugs and coding errors in C programs. But why did Romanian C++ programmer and author Andrei Alexandrescu choose to write flint, Facebook’s lint program, in the D language? He explained the reasoning in a post on the Facebook engineering blog.
Facebook’s annual Hacker Cup competition is kicking off a little earlier this year, as the social network announced on its Facebook Hacker Cup page that the online qualification round will be held Nov. 21 through 24.
Facebook Engineer Carlos Bueno does more than work on the world’s largest social network. Bueno is the author of Lauren Ipsum, a novel about computer science and critical thinking, aimed at kids, and the book is being used in classrooms worldwide.
Internet.org — the global partnership formed by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung, with the goal of connecting the two-thirds of the world’s population currently without Internet access — released a white paper Monday on the important role efficiency must play in achieving that goal.
Facebook continued its efforts to bolster the quality of its mobile application with its latest acquisition, U.K.-based code-verification-software developer Monoidics, which was announced on the Monoidics blog and via a Facebook post by Software Engineer Philip Su.
Developer Tom Waddington might want to add “code sleuth” to his title: After discovering references to the Facebook want button and potential social commerce initiatives within the social network’s code, Waddington has now unearthed references to promotions within Facebook messages.
Facebook users who hate the new sidebar chat can relax: A fix is here.