Soulskill from the very-carefully-and-sometimes-not dept.
prostoalex writes "At QCon San Francisco, Aditya Agarwal of Facebook described how his employer runs its software stack (video and slides). Facebook runs a typical LAMP setup where P stands for PHP with certain customizations, and back-end services that are written in C++ and Java. Facebook has released some of the infrastructure components into the open source community, including the Thrift RPC framework and Scribe distributed logging server."
The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland";
but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.