HHVM: The New PHP?

Stefan Priebsch |

Facebook has scaled their service to over a billion users, which is very impressive. At some point, however, PHP became their bottleneck. Turns out that rewriting over a million lines of code, even in another language, is not a viable option. So if you cannot change the application, why not change the platform? That is exactly what Facebook did when they created HipHop. HipHop was great, but ultimately failed. Now, the new kid on the block is HHVM, an alternative runtime for PHP. Will HHVM replace PHP? Should you care?

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In my "HHVM: The New PHP?" presentation at this year's International PHP Conference – Spring Edition, I sketched out the project's history and its potential future. I also looked at HHVM from a business perspective and not just from a technical point of view.

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Stefan Priebsch

Stefan Priebsch inspires with a combination of new ideas and field-tested approaches.