How often have you logged on to Facebook, discovered some feature had disappeared or didn't work the way it had in the past, and just assumed it was a browser compatibility problem or something screwy with your system settings?
The good news is it's probably not your system or browser. The bad news is it's probably because Facebook releases new code twice a day:
Ship early and ship twice as often
by Chuck Rossi on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 4:42pm
"When I wrote about Facebook's release process earlier this year, I stressed how fast we build things here and described how we push new code to facebook.com every day. In fact, I closed with the advice to "ship early and ship often.” Last week, in conjunction with the opening of our engineering office in London, we decided to double the release speed of facebook.com and indeed "ship often."
"We will roll facebook.com onto new code twice a day now, with a push driven by a recently-hired release engineer in our New York office in addition to our standing daily push managed by our California release engineering team. The New York-based push will give much more power to our engineers who aren’t based on the west coast of the U.S. and will ensure they're able to move and ship as quickly as any other engineer in the company. It will also give California engineers two chances to get code shipped and features launched each day.
"When I came to Facebook in 2008, I was the only release engineer, supporting around 100 developers in one location. Now that we’ve added more people and offices around the world, my small team in California (and now New York) is supporting hundreds more developers who are producing 6 times the amount of code per week. We’re making this change to keep our release process as quick and efficient at 1000 engineers as it was at 100.
"I'm really looking forward to this change as it takes our already incredibly aggressive release process and doubles down on it, offering us twice the opportunity to ship great things. It's exciting and I think it crushes what anyone else of our size and impact is doing. Ship early and ship twice as often."
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We'll keep you posted.
Quotes of the day- Joseph Conrad:
Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski; December 3, 1857 – August 3, 1924) was a Polish novelist who wrote in English, after settling in England. Conrad is regarded as one of the great novelists in English, though he did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties (and always with a marked Polish accent). He wrote stories and novels, often with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of an indifferent universe. He was a master prose stylist who brought a distinctly non-English tragic sensibility into English literature. (Click here for full article.)
A man is a worker. If he is not that he is nothing.
A man's most open actions have a secret side to them.
A man's real life is that accorded to him in the thoughts of other men by reason of respect or natural love.
A nickname may be the best record of a success. That's what I call putting the face of a joke upon the body of a truth.
Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions.
Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.
Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end.
I can't tell if a straw ever saved a drowning man, but I know that a mere glance is enough to make despair pause. For in truth we who are creatures of impulse are not creatures of despair.
In plucking the fruit of memory one runs the risk of spoiling its bloom.
It is not the clear-sighted who lead the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm mental fog.
It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate awaiting them on this earth.
It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.
Let a fool be made serviceable according to his folly.
Protection is the first necessity of opulence and luxury.
Reality, as usual, beats fiction out of sight.
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty sight when you look into it.
The last thing a woman will consent to discover in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage.
The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement- but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims.
The sea never changes and its works, for all the talk of men, are wrapped in mystery.
They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.
To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.
We live, as we dream- alone.
What makes mankind tragic is not that they are the victims of nature, it is that they are conscious of it.
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.