Subject Re: Advice sought on protecting code/design
Author bala_karat
Thanks Lester Cane. PHP 5.3 looks to be the solution. We will look in to this in detail.

With regards,

--- In, Lester Caine <lester@...> wrote:
> bala_karat wrote:
> > Hi !
> >
> > Started working on PHP recently. We added a web module successfully to a Delphi application with Firebird. We also used CodeIgniter framework for this.
> >
> > Now we are planning to develop a new browser based product. Here we want some advice. We are not comfortable in coding fully with PHP as the code is totally exposed. Ours is going to be an intranet application and we would be supplying the code to the customer.
> >
> > We want to know what best strategy can be followed in such situations so that the design is not copied easily. We understand DLLs can be called from PHP.
> I have to admit to taking the other approach in this area, but I'm only
> targeting a narrow market anyway, and the license free, extend it your
> self approach is slowly paying off. I'm getting asked to extend into
> other areas, and am not being so pressured to reduce the annual
> maintenance charges ;)
> PHP can be obfuscated
> for instance
> but PHP5.3 will bring Phar - which compresses the 'application' into a
> single 'JAR' like archive and is supposed to have some security
> elements. I've not bothered looking at that since the main ADVANTAGE of
> PHP is the ability to take a few pages of the app and modify or extend
> them without touching any other areas of the code. We regularly add
> facilities just by adding new pages.
> Of cause running 'Firebird only' and using key SQL processes built into
> the database is another way to add to the obfuscation, and the
> firebird-support list will help with implementing that end of things ....
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> Lester Caine - G8HFL
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