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Learning Apache Thrift by Krzysztof Rakowski

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Preface

In 2007, Facebook's engineers needed to integrate the various applications powering their website. As their engineering culture encouraged selecting the best tools for a task without imposing strict rules regarding the choice of technology, their applications were written in a wide spectrum of different programming languages, which were considered the best for the given task.

Looking for the best solution to fulfill their needs, the engineers reviewed lots of different frameworks that were already available on the market. None of them was deemed sufficient in terms of performance or flexibility. They made a decision to develop their own solution, which became a standard to integrate all the services on Facebook.

As they considered their ...

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