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The Last Days of Parse

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 20, 2017 2

Parse co-founder Kevin Lacker sent out a final reminder of Parse shutting down at the end of this month. Developers are urged to export any data they would like to save as soon as possible.

React Alternative Inferno Hits 1.0

by David Iffland on  Jan 10, 2017

React-like JavaScript library, Inferno, has hit version 1.0. It's a small and highly performant library with a similar API and structure as React, but focused on performance. The project hopes to do more in 2017, but its founder has taken a position with the React team at Facebook.

Facebook's Comparison of Apache Giraph and Spark GraphX for Graph Data Processing

by Srini Penchikala on  Dec 09, 2016

A Facebook team has recently published a comparison of the performance of their existing Giraph-based graph processing system with the newer GraphX which is part of the popular Spark framework. Their conclusion is that GraphX is neither sufficiently scalable or performant to support their graph processing workloads.

Building Conversational and Text Interfaces Using Amazon Lex

by Kent Weare on  Dec 09, 2016

At the recent AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon introduced a preview of their deep learning technology called Amazon Lex which can be used to build conversational interfaces using voice and text. Amazon Lex is powered on the same deep learning technology as Alexa, which is used in the portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled Amazon Echo speaker.

CommAI, a Training and Testing AI System by Facebook

by Alex Giamas on  Oct 21, 2016

Facebook recently announced CommAI-env, a platform for training and evaluating an AI system. Inspired by A roadmap towards Machine Intelligence the system aims for teaching intelligent agents general learning capabilities that would serve as the groundwork for further, more specialized training by human or machine level interaction. The article provides a high level overview of current state and..

Facebook Open Sources Yarn, a JavaScript Package Manager

by Abel Avram on  Oct 12, 2016

Facebook has open sourced Yarn, a proxy package manager for JavaScript modules stored on npm or Bower registries.

How Facebook Redesigned the HHVM JIT Compiler for Performance

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 06, 2016

In the Summer of 2013, Facebook engineers started a major redesign of the HHVM JIT compiler that brought an overall 15% reduction of CPU usage on Facebook’s web servers. Facebook engineer Guilherme Ottoni has recently described how Facebook achieved that result by backing profile-guided optimizations (PGO) into their JIT compiler.

Microsoft Pushes the Bot Framework, Google Buys API.ai

by Abel Avram on  Sep 23, 2016

Microsoft has made available Bot Framework Preview to developers and Google has purchased API.ai, a bot engine with many integrations.

Facebook Open-Sources New Compression Algorithm Outperforming Zlib

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 02, 2016

The new Zstandard 1.0 compression algorithm, recently open sourced by Facebook, is one of the few compression algorithms that is both faster and more efficient than zlib, the current “reigning standard”, write Facebook engineer Yann Collet and Chip Turner.

Facebook Open-Sources Deep Learning Project Torchnet

by Dylan Raithel on  Jul 27, 2016 1

Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research laboratory open-sources the Torchnet project to package and optimize boiler plate deep learning code for reuse and plugin-ability.

Facebook Announces Open-Source Swift SDK Beta for iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 17, 2016 7

Now available in beta, Facebook’s new SDK for Swift aims to make it easier for developers to integrate Facebook services into their iOS apps.

Microsoft Supports React Native on UWP, Adds Tooling to VS Code

by David Iffland on  Apr 19, 2016

Microsoft and Facebook have announced that the Universal Windows Platform will be the next platform to support React Native. Aiding developers build React Native apps on Windows, Microsoft also released a React Native extension for Visual Studio Code that provides debugging and IntelliSense in their cross-platform code editor.

Facebook Wants to Replace Apps with Bots

by Abel Avram on  Apr 14, 2016 1

Facebook has opened up the Messenger Platform to be integrated with chatbots performing various tasks.

How Facebook Designed its Android App for Emerging Markets

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 15, 2016

In order to fulfill its vision of connecting the Earth, Facebook has designed its Facebook Lite app for Android to make it optimized for use in emerging markets, Facebook engineer Gautam Roy explained.

Facebook Turns React.js Version Up to 15

by David Iffland on  Feb 25, 2016 1

Seeking to inspire more confidence in the stability of the React.js JavaScript library, Facebook has bumped the version number from 0.14 to 15.0.

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