Open source software is essential when it comes to creating some of the widely used websites. As these websites grow, guiding principles and best practices around their architectures emerge. Facebook is one of the world most used website in the world. The site has millions of individuals who are users all over the world. Facebook equally serves as an e-commerce platform for most of the companies in the world. However Facebook banks on different open source software to scale.
In different means, Facebook is a LAMP site (Dasgupta et al 267). However, it has transitioned and extended its operation to involve different services and elements and transformed the approach to ones in existence. Facebook employs the PHP, and it has a compiler for it for it to change into native code when on the web servers, therefore, boosting performance. The social media website employs Linux however with some optimization on it for its reasons particularly when it comes to network throughput. Moreover, Facebook uses MySQL as persistent storage transporting joins and logic to the web servers for optimization purposes. (Dasgupta et al 267).
Moreover, there are the custom-written systems such as Haystack. Haystack plays the vital role of storage for the site. It’s the numerous photos that users upload on the site and make sure that they are safe unless deleted by the account owner. Facebook also uses scribe as its logging system that can run at its scale.
In conclusion, Facebook is a LAMP site. The widely used website uses PHP, Linux, MySQL, Haystack and Scribe in its operations. This open source software helps in the smooth process of the site.
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Advantages of using open source software
Open source software help in the creating of prominent social media platforms for a reason. Programmer and other web developers prefer them to proprietary software. Open source software has an advantage when it comes to control, stability and security.
Many programmers take open source software as a preference since they have better control over that sort of software. They can evaluate the code and customize in any way they desire. Users are equally beneficiaries since open source software gives them an option of using the site for not necessarily the intended use but their desires (Rognes, et al 145).
Some programmers opt to use open source software since they find them more secure compared to the proprietary software. Moreover, since a user can not only view but also enhance open source software, an individual might correct typos of the original author. Furthermore, most programmers can work on a publication on open source software even without the consent of the author. Programmers can also update, upgrade, and fix open source software faster than they can for proprietary software (Rognes, et al 145).
Lastly, most programmers choose open source software for its stability, and it is essential for long-term projects. Since web developers publicly distribute the open source software’s source code, users depending on that for crucial tasks are confident of not losing their tools. Moreover, an open source software operates and incorporates according to open standards (Rognes, et al 145).
In conclusion, an open source software has better control since a user can employ it in the way he desires and not necessarily go by the book. Moreover, the software is more secure and has the stability to keep the user’s details safe.
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