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Facebook F8 Apps for iOS and Android Now Open-Source

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 30, 2014

Facebook-owned DBaaS platform Parse has open-sourced the full source code of the official Facebook f8 apps for iOS and Android, Parse Developer Advocates Christine Abernathy announced. The apps are aimed to provide guidance for how to build apps on Parse as well as a starting point for similar apps and shows an interesting use of Parse for UI customisation.

Debugging iOS File Corruption at Facebook

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 27, 2014

Facebook engineers Slobodan Predolac and Nicolas Spielberg have recently described how they "solved a long-term mobile debugging problem and reduced the crash rate ... by more than 50 percent." In the process, they show general useful techniques and a few Facebook tools that can help with large, rapidly evolving codebases.

IBM: 70% of Enterprises Are Using Big Data, Cloud, Mobile and Social

by Abel Avram on  Aug 26, 2014 3

With Raising the game - The IBM Business Tech Trends Study (PDF) IBM has evaluated the current adoption landscape of 4 key technologies in the enterprise: Big Data & Analytics, Cloud, Mobile and Social, comparing today’s adoption with 2012’s and Pacesetters against Dabblers.

Facebook Releases Graph API v2.1 and Updates Platform Policies to Forbid Like-gating

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 14, 2014

New Facebook Graph API v2.1 incorporates several commonly requested features that build on the changes in v2.0, says Facebook. The company has also sparked a certain amount of reactions announcing changes to its platform policies that prohibit well-established like-gating practices.

Facebook Open-sources Haxl: Implicit, Concurrent Data Access Using Haskell

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 11, 2014

Facebook has open-sourced Haxl, a library for efficient, concurrent data-access. The library leverages the traditional strengths of Haskell such as expressive type system, correctness and safety guarantees, as well as GHC's high performance run-time to solve the thorny issue of implicit, concurrent data access.

Facebook Unveils Jest for JavaScript Unit Testing, Automatic Mocking

by James Chesters on  Jun 03, 2014

Facebook has released Jest, built on top of the Jasmine test framework, for JavaScript Unit Testing. Jest automatically mocks dependencies when running tests, and uses CommonJS instead of a proprietary module loader.

Bridging the Gap Between Gesture and Animation with Facebook's Pop Framework

by Sergio De Simone on  May 20, 2014

Facebook has recently open-sourced Pop, the animation engine behind its iOS Paper app. Pop aims at making it easier for developers to go beyond fire-and-forget animations, thus enabling interactive animations. In addition to static animations, Pop supports spring and decay dynamic animations, as well allowing the creation of custom animations.

Twitter's Manhattan: A Real-time, Multi-tenant Distributed Database

by Michael Hausenblas on  May 15, 2014

Twitter Engineering has released details about Manhattan, its real-time, multi-tenant distributed database.

Facebook: MVC Does Not Scale, Use Flux Instead [Updated]

by Abel Avram on  May 15, 2014 11

This article has been updated based on community and Jing Chen (Facebook)’s reaction. (See the Update section below.) Facebook came to the conclusion that MVC does not scale up for their needs and has decided to use a different pattern instead: Flux.

Facebook Launches App Links To Make Deep Linking Between Apps Easier

by Sergio De Simone on  May 08, 2014

At its F8 developer conference, Facebook announced App Links, an open, cross-platform solution for app-to-app linking aiming at making it easier for developers to link to other applications from their own apps. Besides Facebook, many companies have announced their support for App Links, including Parse, Dropbox, and Spotify. Android, iOS, and Windows Phone are currently supported.

Facebook Open-Sources PlanOut, a Framework for Online Field Experiments

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 25, 2014 1

PlanOut is Facebook's language for online field experiments supporting "A/B tests," factorial designs, and more. According to Facebook, PlanOut makes possible to separate experimental design from application code and allows experimenters to concisely describe their designs. Facebook claims to be using PlanOut to run over a thousand experiments each day that involve hundreds of millions of people.

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter Want to Make Sure that MySQL Is “Web-Scale”

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter have decided to make sure that a relational databases is “web-scale”, so they have put their efforts behind WebScaleSQL, a branch of MySQL 5.6 Community Edition.

AlchemyAPI and The State of Deep Learning

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 04, 2014 1

AlchemyAPI recently announced a taxonomy and a sentiment analysis API based on deep learning that can help transform digital content into ad inventory. IBM, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and others are working in the deep learning space. We take the high level view of what deep learning is all about and what are the key advances throughout the past months in the field.

PHP Evolved: Facebook's New Hack Programming Language

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 27, 2014 1

PHP has long filled an important role at Facebook, and over the years the company has constantly sought to improve the language's performance. First there was the Hip Hop Virtual Machine, and now there is the Hack, programming language.

Cassandra Gains Momentum On Enterprise Adoption Around 2.1 Release

by Alex Giamas on  Mar 05, 2014

Cassandra is rapidly heading towards 2.1 release, with 2.1.0-beta1 already available for evaluation. We take a look at major features introduced in the latest major release and what's coming up. Supported by DataStax, Cassandra is expanding its reach towards the enterprise world. DataStax recently announced a partner network program, Patrick McFadin called out on MongoDB's scaling issues and other

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