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.
In 2007, Facebook open-sourced cross-language framework Thrift, which it had been using internally for the previous year. Thursday, following the addition of several features and a host of performance improvements, Thrift was re-open-sourced as FBThrift.
Facebook announced last November that it would open-source interactive query system Presto, and now cloud big data platform provider Qubole is taking the next step, announcing the release of its Presto-as-a-Service Alpha Program via Amazon Web Services.
Facebook announced at its Mobile@Scale event in October that it would open-source a spring dynamics animation library for Android, Rebound, which allows developers to animate user interface elements based on the rules of physics and spring forces. Software Engineer Will Bailey offered more details on Rebound in a post on the social network’s engineering blog.
Facebook Head of Mobile Release Engineering Christian Legnitto and Head of Open-Source Projects James Pearce spoke about the social network’s transition to a mobile company and its mobile open-source projects at a whiteboard session at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., earlier this week, TechCrunch reported.
Facebook announced that it is open-sourcing its RocksDB embeddable, persistent key-value store, which enables fast storage and global, real-time data fetching of the social network’s massive cache of user data.
How Facebook’s Open Academy Offers College Credits To Computer Science Students Working On Open-Source Projects
Computer-science students at 22 universities globally will be able to work on open-source projects as part of their coursework as part of Open Academy, an initiative Facebook hatched in the spring of 2012 and announced publicly Wednesday.
How does Facebook manage its ever-growing plethora of servers, configurations, administrative access policies, and the other tasks that go along with its volumes of data? Part of that answer now lies in Private Chef from cloud infrastructure automation provider Opscode.