If you want to build a Facebook-like site where people can play games and share content, here’s how to do it.
Chris Scholz, a systems engineer at Facebook, recently wrote on Quora how Facebook is built. Some of the information is pretty general, since a lot of what goes into building Facebook is proprietary.
Here’s a quick summary:
- Facebook’s front-end is primarily delivered through PHP, a popular scripting language for Web development. It runs on a compiling system similar or equal to HipHop for PHP.
- Facebook relies on dozens of data centres and thousands of servers to handle things like its user database, Graph Search queries, and photo and video uploads.
- Facebook designs a lot of its own hardware so the site can be as efficient and cost-effective as possible. It uses “load balancers to make sure that machines which are free take on more load.” Facebook physically maintains all of those machines.
- A lot of internal tools are written in Python or Bash.
- Lots of back-end tools are written in C, C++, Java, or Perl.
Here’s the whole answer:Read Quote of Chris Scholz’s answer to How is a Facebook-like site actually created from scratch? on Quora
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