Facebook Souped Up with Hyper-PHP, a Compiled PHP-based Language
As we mentioned in our news article from January 12th, Facebook has basically created this "new version" of PHP from scratch, however a recent blog from Alex Handy indicated that Facebook may actually be going to release a compiler for PHP rather than a new PHP runtime.
According to Handy, the core PHP team made a visit to the Facebook headquarters last week to view the details of the new compiler, after signing a non-disclosure agreement. As mentioned by an anonymouse Facebook employee in January, the PHP project is the result of a single employeee, stating "this guy right now is single-handedly rewriting, essentially, the entire site," which took approximately two years to complete.
Zend, the creator of the currently used Zend Engine Virtual Machine, will likely not be thrilled with this announcment, which is said to be officially released by the social networking giant tomorrow, as the Facebook announcement is basically making a statement that the Zend VM is just not fast enough for a large scale enterprise website.
It will be interesting to view Facebook's announcement, as they are expected to make it an open source release, which will certainly cause some excitement within the developer community.