As most of you know by now, Facebook has release an alternative PHP runtime called "HipHop Virtual Machine for PHP", also known as "hhvm".
There have been a lot of benchmarks showing that hhvm is a lot faster than the official runtime, but it does not have full feature parity to the official runtime.
While I won't advocate using hhvm in production yet, there is one area where hhvm will really improve the life of the PHP developer, and that's while running composer.
When working in large projects, with lots of dependencies, running a composer update is notoriously slow. RunningContinue Reading