Thursday, 10 March 2011

HipHop-PHP

Where do I begin on this one.  Over the past 12 or so years, I have always enjoyed PHP.  Despite it's failings, I still prefer to prototype and throw together web applications with it, over anything else.  Sometimes I come up with something pretty cool.  Often, this is for a friend.  Although I am happy to give them that cool thing, sometimes I regret giving away the intellectual property.

https://github.com/facebook/hiphop-php/

"HipHop for PHP transforms PHP source code into highly optimized C++. It was developed by Facebook and was released as open source in early 2010."
Much to my surprise, tonight, I downloaded, configured, installed and tested.  It all worked, first pass.  No tinkering, no nothing.

Second, I took the most complex PHP project I have, with lots of different dependencies and pushed it through. Guess what?

It works.  It really works.

Awesome.
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