After spending some weeks in rumor land, Facebook has now released a cross-compiling language converter for PHP as open source (php license), titled Hiphop for PHP.

What the application does is to programatically convert PHP source code into C++ and compile it with g++.

According to senior engineer Haiping Zhao, Hiphop has now been deployed to 90% of the Facebook traffic, six months after deployment.

For more information, please see the video below:

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