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How Facebook Redesigned the HHVM JIT Compiler for Performance

by 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.

Survey: Android’s Lead is Consolidated

by on  Aug 10, 2016

According to the latest Developer Nation Q3 2016 survey from VisionMobile, Android’s lead over iOS as primary platform and developer mindshare has been consolidated. Also, Windows developers prefer C# in the cloud while Linux ones stay with Java.

WordPress.com Replaces PHP with JavaScript

by on  Nov 25, 2015 9

WordPress.com has replaced PHP with web technologies and a RESTful back-end API for the administration console.

Facebook Nuclide Is Now Open Source

by on  Jun 24, 2015

Announced three months ago during the F8 developer conference, Facebook has open sourced the code for their Nuclide IDE. Nuclide is based on Atom, adding a number of packages without changing anything in the core of GitHub’s IDE.

The Hack Language Gets an Official Specification

by on  Feb 25, 2015

The Hack language has now got an official specification. According to the HHVM team, the Hack specification, albeit in its initial stage, fills a gap in the documentation available for the Hack language.

SQL Server Roundup

by on  Jan 05, 2015

A lot of small releases were made by Microsoft’s SQL Server team last month. Some of the highlights include Power BI for on-site servers, System Center support for SQL Server 2014, and updated Java/PHP drivers.

James Gosling and Bruno Souza Join Jelastic as Advisers

by on  Nov 24, 2014

James Gosling, creator of the Java language, and Bruno Souza, Brazilian SouJava JUG founder and Java Champion, will be joining Java/PHP cloud-host Jelastic . InfoQ speaks to Gosling, Souza, and Jelastic CEO, Ruslan Synytsky about the new relationships.

XHP-Bootstrap Project Announced, Combines XHP with Bootstrap Framework

by on  Oct 29, 2014

Fred Emmott, software engineer for Facebook, has announced the release of XHP-Bootstrap project, combining XHP with the Bootstrap framework. Emmott describes XHP as a way to create HTML user interfaces from PHP or Hack, and provides an XML-like syntax for creating stringable objects representing markup.

PHP 5.6 Released

by on  Sep 02, 2014

The PHP development team announced the availability of PHP 5.6. The new release brings new features and many improvements, PHP development team say, as well as some backward incompatible changes.

Parse Releases Official Open-source PHP SDK

by on  Aug 07, 2014

Parse released the Parse PHP SDK, aimed at enabling Parse integration "for a new class of apps and different use cases." The company also says that this is its "first SDK for a server-side language, and the first to be truly open-source."

Raddish: Node.js Framework with Support for Threads and Sockets

by on  Jul 01, 2014 1

Jasper van Rijbroek has released Raddish, a new Node.js framework with "ridiculous speeds" that also comes with out of the box support for threads and sockets. According to its own notes, Raddish aims to be "amazingly fast". Van Rijbroek told InfoQ that by using a fallback system Raddish allows developers to write less code to reach their goals.

UN's New ReliefWeb API Improves Humanitarian Dev Experience

by on  May 10, 2014

This update to the premier source of humanitarian data worldwide will help international aid organizations by simplifying access, improving data flexibility, and improving the system's performance and robustness.

PHP Evolved: Facebook's New Hack Programming Language

by 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.

Stimulsoft Reports.Fx 2013.3 Adds Email, AutoPageScale Support Along with Funnel Weighted Slices

by on  Jan 13, 2014

Stimulsoft Reports.Fx 2013.3 has been released with support for delivering reports through e-mail with e-mail address, subject and text options in addition to a new chart type, Funnel Weighted Slices. It also includes AutoPageScale and a new bands filter option with which you can apply relevant filter to the report in CSV format.

Jelastic 1.9.2 Adds GIT, SVS, PHP 5.5, MongoDB Backup Schedule Support

by on  Aug 20, 2013

The recently released Jelastic 1.9.2 includes support for GIT, SVS, PHP 5.5 in addition to an ability to access database servers using FTP and FTPs. It also include automatic MongoDB backup scheduling including the ability to deploy PHP projects from GIT repository.

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