NicknamesAreStupid writes "Follow-up to darthcamaro's report of February 2nd (http://developers.slashdot.org/story/10/02/03/003249/Facebooks-HipHop-Also-a-PHP-Webserver). on Monday, I attended a MeetUp at CBS Interactive (a.k.a. CNET, http://www.sfphp.org/calendar/12902314/) where Facebook engineer Haiping Zhao gave a presentation on HipHop (http://wiki.github.com/facebook/hiphop-php/), an open source PHP to C++ translator that Facebook has used to convert most of its PHP to optimized and readable C++, compiled using g++. While not able to convert everything (e.g., eval(), dynamic variables & dynamic function calls), Haiping claims HipHop has done a great job at converting most of their code. Unlike the f8 presentation, Haiping indicated that, going forward, they are developing new projects in C++ on their own web server instead of PHP on Apache. The reasons for all this? Better performance and security? Cheaper programmers? You can see a HipHop presentation at the online f8 breakout session — http://apps.facebook.com/feightlive/sessions.php?_fb_fromhash=44a891994ffee45ec96812b622930d18. Is the move back to C++ a trend, or just a Facebook anomaly?"
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