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PHP 5 Social Networking by Michael Peacock

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Facebook and other social networking websites develop their own systems for certain situations they encounter, either to work faster than existing solutions, be more flexible, or because there wasn't anything available that fit their requirements. With Facebook, a number of these have been released to the community as Open Source projects at http://developers.facebook.com/opensource/.

One such project that has recently been launched is HipHop for PHP, http://wiki.github.com/facebook/hiphop-php/, which converts PHP source code into optimized C++ to help make the code execute faster. For most uses, the performance difference won't be very noticeable, but for a very popular site, even a small saving of CPU time means we can ...

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