Facebook Modernizing to C++

November 13, 2010
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Facebook is improving its website by converting PHP, a modern scripting language, to the low-level C++ language.  I’m shouting hallelujahs!

Worried that C++ was too dangerous for the web, the software industry ripped out features, made it run from a managed server, and renamed it Java.

Facebook is improving its website by converting PHP, a modern scripting language, to the low-level C++ language.  I’m shouting hallelujahs!

Worried that C++ was too dangerous for the web, the software industry ripped out features, made it run from a managed server, and renamed it Java.

Almost a decade ago, I looked for books on how to write C++ web programs and could not find a thing. I had to write my own C++ modules to communicate with web servers and dynamically generate HTML.  Today, my automated BI translation tools are all web-based using C++.  They are super fast, have a simple architecture, and function effectively.  

Using plain old C/C++ for web applications is a great idea but few seem to know about it.  I am happy to see that big-name companies like Facebook are on board with it.

See the Facebook story here.