>My view on encoders is that they are unnecessary and rather evil.  I would
>never ever purchase a php-based application that did not come with the php
>source code.  If you want to restrict your code somehow, do it through a
>license.  People who choose to violate that license are the same people
>who will hack your encoded scripts anyway.  And this way the honest
>customers will have the benefit of the code to customize, learn from,
>build on top of.  Closed source stuff stifles innovation and I personally
>refuse to work on a PHP encoder for this reason.  Imagine if I had never
>released the source for PHP?  We would not be having this discussion

Very well said.
I applaud all the devlopers who work on open source software.

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