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  • HHVM 3.21 Released With Better PHP7 Compatibility, Sodium Support

    Phoronix: HHVM 3.21 Released With Better PHP7 Compatibility, Sodium Support

    Facebook developers have released HHVM 3.21 as their alternate PHP implementation that also powers their Hack programming language. HHVM 3.21 is a long-term support release that will make it maintained for nearly one year...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-3.21-Released

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    HHVM 3.21 is a long-term support release that will make it maintained for nearly one year.
    I don't really see how that's in any way, shape or form "long-term support". Am I the only one...?

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      Why can't Facebook merge this with upstream PHP and use Hack as a future PHP8? Why are they working on a separate project instead of trying to merge into the PHP project itself?

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        Originally posted by timofonic View Post
        Why can't Facebook merge this with upstream PHP and use Hack as a future PHP8? Why are they working on a separate project instead of trying to merge into the PHP project itself?
        Well they had some pretty smart people that were tasked with optimizing php which was slow and this was really important for them. This in turn indirectly or directly pressured php devs to do the same. In the end php devs actually did a better job. So really now hack is a wierd hack to be honest which is not really 100% compatible with php nor is it a new language.
        You can read more about the history and language on their page. It's interesting stuff.
        IMHO they should start dropping backward compatible php support where it makes sense to them and just go forward with a better design and stuff that matters (to them).

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        • #5
          HHVM probably was great when it was introduced but with PHP 7 is there really any reason for HHVM to exist anymore?

          Which peforms better, HHVM or PHP 7 and how much do they really differ in performance?
          It seems that with the improvements in PHP 7 that HHVM is less compelling.

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