According to an interview conducted by Phil Wong from ‘Rumpus’ (http://therumpus.net) of an anonymous Facebook (http://facebook.com) employee, there is a Facebook developer attempting to re-write PHP as a compiled language. The resulting language would be called Hyper-PHP, or HPHP, for short. A daunting undertaking to say the least.

There is no mention if HPHP would be made available as an open-source project, but I suspect that it wouldn’t be, especially if Facebook is fronting the money to develop it. According to Phil, the gains they would get from HPHP vs PHP would be in the form of 80% reduction of cpu usage which theoretically will result in faster page renders.

You can read the article in it’s entirety here: http://therumpus.net/2010/01/conversations-about-the-internet-5-anonymous-facebook-employee/?full=yes . The discussion about HPHP is about half-way down the page (just search for HPHP and you be taken right to it).

Wonder if they realize that the fully spelled out acronym of HPHP is going to be Hyper Hypertext Preprocessor? Guess it beats Super Ultra Deluxe Hypertext Preprocessor.