Technical Blog

The Incredible Machine

Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014 by

Here in Box Engineering, we’ve been working to do a better job celebrating big accomplishments. Inspired by our Sales team’s celebration style, we set out to build our own version of a celebratory bell or gong. Senior Software Engineer Ryan Luecke was frequently seen in the immediate vicinity of Box Engineering’s newest contraption, so we conducted a Q&A with him to get the full...

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The Holiday Gift List: A Big Data Problem

Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014 by

“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.” – Dave Barry, humor columnist Yes, it’s that wonderful time of year when we go crazy figuring out what gifts to buy, and each year the shopping seems to get more complicated. Based on the volume, variability, value, volatility, etc. of

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HHVM Q&A with Paul Tarjan, Facebook Engineer

Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 by

As announced in our previous post, Box is currently deploying HHVM to our webapp, working closely with the HHVM team at Facebook. Paul Tarjan, a member of the Facebook HHVM team, offers his own insights into HHVM, Hack and a peek into the future. What initially inspired you to develop HHVM? Tell us about the breaking point that led to its development. We were using HPHPc (the PHP to C++

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Tags: facebook HHVM hiphop virtual machine open source


Enterprise Grade at Consumer Speed: The Road to HHVM

Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by

At Box, we’ve had our collective eye on the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) for a while now. HHVM is Facebook’s open-source PHP runtime, and it differentiates itself from from the standard PHP runtime on a key metric: speed. Whereas the standard PHP runtime is a run-of-the-mill interpreter, HHVM employs just-in-time compilation to enable significant gains in performance. Over the past few...

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Tags: HHVM hiphop virtual machine open source PHP webapp


Beyond Engineering: Reflections on my Conversation with Heidi Roizen

Posted on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 by

Last week, on November 4, Box Women in Tech hosted a fireside chat between me and Heidi Roizen, Operating Partner at leading venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). The event—Beyond Engineering: Skills You Need to Be a Successful Entrepreneur, Innovator and Leader—focused on the skills outside engineering required to design awesome features and bring ground-breaking products to market,...

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