March 21, 2014 by Craig Kerstiens
Anytime a new language comes out it’s fun to immediately download it and give it a try. Yesterday Facebook announced Hack, a programming language they developed for HHVM which interoperates seamlessly with PHP. Facebook itself is already running on Hack, and it looks to deliver some exciting improvements from its PHP influence, we thought we’d make it a bit easier for you to run your own apps on Hack by working with them to create a Heroku buildpack. To highlight a few of the awesome things about Hack:
- Many PHP files are already valid Hack, so you can just start with an existing PHP project
- Gradual typing, which lets dynamic and statically typed code play well together
- More language...