Have no idea why they code-named it ‘hip hop’ but if the article is correct, it could mean a huge boon for the PHP community. Less resource usage equals less servers equals more money available for R&D into new web technologies.

+100 to Facebook development team for not only optimizing a widely used language, but making it available as open source. Grats guys on this exciting result and look forward to working with it.

Full article @ http://gigaom.com/2010/02/02/with-hiphop-facebook-gives-php-a-turbo-charge/