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Facebook makes Mercurial faster than Git

by Alex Blewitt on  Jan 09, 2014 6

Facebook has posted on how they've sped up Mercurial to be five times faster than Git in certain operations. Read on to find out what they have changed, and why it makes such a difference for their setup.

Facebook’s Release Process Behind the Move from Web-based to Native App

by Manuel Pais on  Dec 28, 2013

Chaitanya Mishra, from Facebook, spoke at Velocity Conf London last month about the approach to scale Facebook’s Android app from a web view interface to a full-fledged native app. To achieve this transition each product team took ownership of their features on Android. A core integration team regression tests and focuses on global app optimization over individual features optimization.

A Few Highlights from QConSF2013- Part 1 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Nov 30, 2013

On each day of the 3-day conference at the inviting environs offered at the Hyatt there was a jam-packed schedule of speakers, exhibits and activities that made for some difficult decisions as to which tracks and what happening to attend.

Presto: Facebook’s Distributed SQL Query Engine

by Jonathan Allen on  Nov 12, 2013

Facebook has open-sourced Presto, their distributed SQL query engine. Presto uses a pipelined architecture rather than the Map/Reduce design found elsewhere. In production since early this year, Facebook has since “deployed in multiple geographical regions and [they] have successfully scaled a single cluster to 1,000 nodes”.

Joy of StackMob

by Martin Monroe on  Jun 26, 2013 2

In the beginning of MBaaS, there was StackMob. Since then the mobile ecosystem has become flooded with competitors in this new approach to app dynamics. InfoQ takes a closer look at the Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) provider StackMob and its privacy practices.

Distilling the Distillation of Vision Mobile’s Market Sense

by Martin Monroe on  Jun 11, 2013

Vision Mobile is a UK think tank whose periodic reports are geared to assist mobile developers and other players in the vast mobile ecosystem in making sense of the cacophony of mobile trends. Their reports provide informed guidance that can help devs make the best decision about where to concentrate their marketing efforts.

Facebook's React JavaScript User Interfaces Library Receives Mixed Reviews

by Zef Hemel on  Jun 03, 2013 2

Facebook has open sourced React, its JavaScript library for building reactive user interfaces, used to build the Instagram website as well as portions of the Facebook website. Following the recent trend of frameworks like AngularJS, MeteorJS and Model-Driven Views as implemented in Polymer, React is based on the idea of declaratively specifying user interfaces on top of a data model.

Facebook Buck and xctool: Open Source Build Tools for Android and iOS

by Abel Avram on  May 18, 2013

This article contains details on the recently open sourced Buck and xctool, the build tools used internally by Facebook for their native Android and iOS applications.

The Gospel of MBaaS- According to Anypresence Co-Founder (Part 2 of 2)

by Martin Monroe on  May 15, 2013 1

Part 2 of Infoq’s exclusive virtual interview with Anypresence cofounder Richard Mendis. The CMO weighs in on Facebook’s acquisition of competitor Parse and provides intel on the pricing structure of Anypresence.

Facebook Releases PhoneGap Plugin and SDK for .NET

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Apr 23, 2013

The recently released PhoneGap Facebook Plugin enables developers to enable Facebook single sign-on into their PhoneGap based Android and iOS apps. Facebook also released SDK for .NET which enables developers to integrate Facebook into their Windows Phone and Windows 8 applications.

Fastbook: Sencha Wants to Prove HTML5 Is “Ready”

by Abel Avram on  Dec 18, 2012 6

Sencha has created Fastbook, an HTML5 application closely mocking Facebook’s native application and displaying similar performance both on iOS and Android in an attempt to demonstrate that “HTML5 is ready.”

Facebook Now Uses HHVM/JIT both in Development and Production

by Abel Avram on  Nov 30, 2012

Facebook has announced using HHVM, a HipHop VM with JIT compilation, in production, a solution that has unified their development and deployment environments, providing significant performance gains for developers.

Corona Improves Hadoop Scalability At Facebook

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Nov 15, 2012

Facebook has open sourced Corona, an in-house developed improvement to Hadoop MapReduce scheduling software.

Upcoming Features In ASP.NET

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Nov 08, 2012

Microsoft has been working on some interesting features after shipping ASP.NET 4.5. Some of these are available in the Fall 2012 Build preview. Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway demoed a few of them, at a //build/ session "Bleeding Edge ASP.NET".

Facebook: “Betting on HTML5 Was a Mistake” – Technical Reasons and Reactions

by Abel Avram on  Sep 17, 2012 5

Facebook has decided to go native for mobile content instead of doing HTML5 as it was the plan for a couple of years. This article contains technical details behind FB’s move, and reactions from Xamarin and Mozilla.

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