September 14, 2015@Scale · Open Source

@Scale 2015 - Facebook announcement recap

Meghan Marquez

Today at the San Jose Convention Center more than a thousand of engineers gathered to discuss building systems and applications for scale across three tracks: mobile, data and dev tools. Building applications or services that scale to millions or even billions of people presents a complex set of engineering challenges, many of them unprecedented. The @Scale conference is focused on bringing people together to openly discuss these challenges and collaborate on the development of new solutions.

Engineers and technical leaders from more than 400 companies were represented. The speaker line-up included more than a dozen companies: Airbnb, Box, Facebook, GitHub, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Pinterest, Pixar Animation Studios, Twitter, Uber, and WhatsApp.

As part of the event, Facebook made four announcements across the tracks. Jay Parikh made the first announcement in the opening keynote: React Native for Android is now an open source project. Shortly after that, Olivia Bishop gave the details on how React Native enables developers to build world-class native mobile-apps using the popular React framework. You can see her presentation below:

In a mobile track presentation, Joe Savona and Yuzhi Zheng, explored the Relay framework in depth: why the team built it, the guiding principles behind the design, and an overview of the architecture. They announced that Relay is being open-sourced as well. See their presentation here:

In the afternoon, Facebook's Nick Schrock explained GraphQL, its origins, where it's going, and how the query language is now open with a specification on GitHub.

Facebook's Paul Saab made the case for IPv6. In his talk, he highlighted the performance improvements IPv6 users can enjoy.

The announcements underscore our commitment to the scale community and to the principle that if we work together in the open, we can advance the state of technology together.

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