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Mark Mzyk August 26, 2008

I’ve mentioned before that I think programming languages should have a REPL (Read-Eval-Print-Loop). Unfortunately, PHP does not have one natively.  However, I just discovered that Facebook has opened sourced a REPL for PHP – so now you can test out your PHP code without needing to write and run a script. Working in Python, I’ve […]


Mark Mzyk July 22, 2008

I’m currently using Thrift at work.  It’s a convenient way to shuttle data across different services and to invoke remote procedure calls.  I like it because of how lightweight it is, so I don’t have to wrestle with code for a kitchen when all I need is a faucet. The one downside to Thrift at […]

Agile’s Goal In Three Words

Mark Mzyk May 27, 2008

Divide and Conquer. It was while reading the Thrift white paper, and seeing this line in the conclusion that the connection hit me: Thrift has enabled Facebook to build scalable backend services efficiently by enabling engineers to divide and conquer. That’s exactly the point of all the various agile methodologies: enable a team to divide […]