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.
Facebook announced the experimental release of a new tool that enables projects that have converted from PHP to Hack to still offer releases that target the PHP language: h2tp, or the Hack Transpiler.
Last month, Facebook announced the open-sourcing of Hack, a programming language it developed for HHVM that integrates seamlessly with PHP. Earlier this week, the social network held its first-ever Hack Developer Day.
Facebook offered some statistics about its bug bounty program in a note on its Protect the Graph page, saying that it received 14,763 submissions in 2013, up 246 percent from the previous year, and 687 of those submissions qualified for awards.
The word “hack” is an integral part of Facebook’s culture, so it should come as little surprise that a programming language it developed for HHVM that integrates seamlessly with PHP, which it announced the open-sourcing of Thursday, is called Hack.