There’s been lots and lots of discussion regarding the Facebook “Hyper PHP” release of HipHop for PHP. This new technology is an in-production converter for PHP that takes PHP code, converts it into C++ code, and creates a complete binary that can be run on a server natively. Facebook claims improvements of up to 50%, and their model represents a shift in thinking about scripting languages like PHP.
Ostensibly, lots of people are going to be thinking about how this will benefit them and their organizations. Here are some thoughts on who will benefit and who will not benefit.