Hack also eases the use of closures through the use of Lambda expressions. Closures, which were added to Java 8, "make it easy to succinctly write fairly complicated data transformations," O'Sullivan said.
Hack's Lambda expressions provide a way to create closures "with a fewer number of keystrokes, which is a big win for productivity," he said.
Facebook has supplied a number of text editor plug-ins on the Hack website to help coders write in the language, though the company is hoping volunteers will build a few more elaborate ones.
O'Sullivan didn't reveal any specific plans to offer the Hack augmentations back to the keepers of PHP, though he did note that the company plans to "work closely with the open-source community," to further develop the language.