Facebook Introduces ‘Hack,’ the Programming Language of the Future

Cade Metz, Embed.ly, Mar 20, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Onteresting. I remember when Facebook was PHP (I actually saw the code once, because of a dropped format declaration). Their new programming language "lets programmers build complex websites and other software at great speed while still ensuring that their software code is precisely organized and relatively free of flaws... the new language is called Hack." It has some nice features - it's statically typed (which means you declare what all your variables are before you use them) but compiles at run-time, which means developers can immediately see the rsults of minor changes. It runs on a virtual machine, which allows it to be independent of the hardware layer. But what may make it widely popular is that it addresses the weaknesses of PHP: "“While PHP is the most widely used language on the web, it’s unpopular in many places because of its inconsistencies. Hack addresses these … and thereby makes the language more attractive to users of other languages." Get Hack here.

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