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If you're going to use open source and tailor it for your companys/personal needs then sure, obfuscate all you want. Just don't distribute your obfuscated code.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Mr_Nibbles View Post
+1, optimization may obfuscate code as a side effect, obfuscation will NOT optimize code as a side effect.
This, I suspect is what your friend meant. Nobody obfuscates open source code except to hinder efforts of others attemping to understand it, to attempt to keep it proprietary for as long as possible, for example.
    
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Prevents you from getting sued by Apple for patent violations.
    
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Originally Posted by nathris View Post
Prevents you from getting sued by Apple for patent violations.
lol, it's only delaying the inevitable, and that is that Apple will be purchasing and or creating every patent that exists, and then suing you for breathing in a pattern that they've patented.
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Hopefully by the time that happens the government will have either come to its senses or collapsed into anarchy, which means they will either stop Apple from monopolizing the patent industry or there won't be anyone to stop people from violating Apple's "patents".
    
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Obfuscation of code that is posted openly somewhere else would be better referred to as minification. Yes it's obfuscation, but it's not like you're doing it to try and hide something, which is what that word implies. You're only manipulating the source to reduce the size of the payload.

There is this

https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/lib....6.2/jquery.js

but typically you'll use the minified version here in production

https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/lib.../jquery.min.js

so your clients have a smaller download and therefore a faster experience. There's nothing you can't figure out from reading the minified one, it's just takes a lot longer to wade through it. If you were trying to sneak around something in the public domain, obviously you'd refer to the first link instead.
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