Protect Your Source Code: Obfuscation 101
Subject:   Extremely slow applications
Date:   2005-04-09 17:00:50
From:   ptwobrussell
Response to: Extremely slow applications

Well, I'd be careful with making such a generalization as that. Clearly, if you obfuscate your entire performance sensitive application then you'd probably see some major meltdown (especially for an interpreted language), but it's almost never going to make sense to obfuscate an entire application.

It's likely just the sensitive portions of code that you want to protect; maybe something during startup that makes sure you've registered it, a portion that determines whether to fire another nag screen, or some other routine that handles how you encrypt some data that's stored to disk -- or something along those lines. i.e. the portions that are likely to be examined and patched.

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