A number of announcements around open hardware specifications and open source cloud infrastructure and platform software solutions by collaborators in the OpenStack initiative were made in the past 2 weeks. How does all of them stack up together?
A new discussion on focus.com “Is Facebook a cloud?” uncovers that there still is no agreement between practitioners on what a cloud really is.
Flying from Palo Alto to London, next month’s QCon will feature 4 of Facebook’s finest engineers presenting HTML5 @ Facebook, HBase @ Facebook , Design in the face of scale and change (a look at OO design within their platform), and Scaling the Social Graph: Infrastructure at Facebook. Such a gathering of Facebook speakers is an unprecedented event for the UK.
Facebook is probably the hottest company today, driving a very high level of interest and scrutiny. Despite a high level of secrecy, Yee Lee, a product manager at Skype, has assembled a large collection of notes detailing how code ships at Facebook.
Last week SpringSource released a first milestone for Spring Social, a Spring-based template for accessing Twitter, LinkedIn, Tripit and Facebook from within Java programs. Rather than exposing generic, URL-based APIs, the Spring Social APIs are designed specifically for each site and make integrating with those sites straight forward. InfoQ examines the new API as well as some alternatives.
Changhao Jiang, Research Scientist at Facebook, describes a technique, called BigPipe, that contributed to making the Facebook site, "twice as fast." BigPipe is one of several innovations, a "secret weapon," used to achieve the reported performance gains. Another innovation mentioned is architectural in nature, the structuring of Web pages as "pagelets."
The Hadoop Summit of 2010 included presentations from a number of large scale users of Hadoop and related technologies. Notably, Facebook presented a keynote and details information about their use of Hive for analytics. Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's VP of Engineering delivered a keynote describing the scale of their data processing with Hadoop.
“There are two important themes behind everything we're delivering today.” says Bret Taylor, head of Facebook’s platform products in the facebook developer blog, of the recent announcements at the f8 conference in San Francisco. Facebook introduced Open Graph protocol, and the Graph API as the next evolution in the Facebook platform.
With 83.75 million monthly active users, FarmVille is the most popular game on Facebook and one of the most popular web-based games on the Internet. To scale out, the application is deployed inside the cloud, uses cache extensively, has the ability to turn off some of the functionality during peak times and makes use of performance monitoring and managing.
Microsoft has announced the availability of Silverlight 4 Developer Beta at PDC 2009 only months after the previous release, Silverlight 3. There are numerous new features: a comprehensive set of controls (over 60), one code both for the desktop and Silverlight sandbox, MEF support, a fully editable design surface, full Intellisense, better audio-video support, better performance and many more.
Clarity Consulting Inc. and Microsoft have released Facebook SDK 3.0, a toolkit allowing developers to write WPF, Silverlight, WinForms or ASP.NET applications integrated with Facebook.
Facebook offers an open standards platform for creating social network applications. Josh Elman discusses the concept of social networking and how the Facebook platform addresses issues of identity, of social graphing, and sharing (via its Open Stream API). His presentation explored the nature of a social graph and the "virtuous cylcle of sharing."
In this presentation filmed during QCon SF 2008, Aditya Agarwal discusses Facebook’s architecture, more exactly the software stack used, presenting the advantages and disadvantages of its major components: LAMP (PHP, MySQL), Memcache, Thrift, Scribe.
Max Krohn and his colleagues at MIT developed a new end-to-end security architecture to help achieving data secrecy and integrity across complex Web Applications. In this talk and a series of papers, Max presents their findings and a use case based on MoinMoin Wiki.
As more social networking sites are popping up, the questions around the data they keep are rising. Data portability has become the watch phrase across the Web 2.0 world. Is there something to be learned about data access and portability from these services?