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PHP to Get Faster?

January 31, 2010 10:22:23.845

If this report is true, then maybe PHP will stop being the red headed stepchild that everyone seems to love to hate:

Well, I was able to put all the pieces together on this one, finally, and I now understand exactly what is up: Facebook has rewritten the PHP runtime from scratch. This coming Tuesday, they will make a big announcement around this project, and will make it available as open source software. I'm not really sure of any of the details of the project, but I do know that Facebook hired someone two years ago to do this, and I'm relatively sure this was a one-man project during that entire time.

Still sounds awfully speculative to me, but I guess we'll know the quality of the reporting on Tuesday. In the meantime, if you want a faster web runtime - both for development and deployment - you should have a look at Smalltalk.

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