I’ve actually been thinking about this a lot recently. Seems our attention span grows smaller and smaller as we get spread thinner and thinner across the various internet activities; instant emails to our phones, thousands of tweets, thousands of blog postings, text messages, social networks, etc. We begin to only skim through articles, never get around to doing that programming that side project, put off writing that blog post, and offline hobbies get pushed off until we “have time”. You get a constant feeling that “there’s something going on online that your missing out on”. Guess the lesson is to limit your internet activity around your goals and remember to get offline and step back from it all every once in a while.
Today, Facebook announced it’s open sourcing a new runtime intended to improve PHP use in large-scale deployments. In a short summary, as Facebook scaled they encountered problems with PHP, including high CPU and memory costs. Facebook describes HipHop as a “source code transformer”. Basically, HipHop transforms PHP into C++, using g++ to compile it. In […]