Facebook’s HipHop Virtual Machine continues to help software and platforms outside of the social network drastically increase their speeds, as WP Engine, a software-as-a-service content-management platform for websites and applications built on WordPress, became the latest company to tout the virtues of HHVM.
Thinking outside of the box worked for Box, as Joseph Marrama, a software engineer at the file-sharing and cloud content-management service, described in a blog post how Facebook’s HipHop Virtual Machine open-source PHP runtime allowed it to boost the speed of its applications.
Should tech companies stick with the practice of individual code ownership, where one engineer is responsible for his or her code throughout its usage? Facebook software engineer Pierre Raynaud-Richard explained why the process is not used at the social network in a post on its engineering blog.
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.