ByteCode; PHP; Zend Optimizer

I am needing to write an app in PHP however:

function foo ($bar)
if ($bar === 'boo')
return true;
return false;
}// End Function







That is an example I don't want to hear anything about the specifics above.

Anyway, see the delemia; I could write the code in place of the function and it would run that tiny bit faster, however to the developer it is harder and annoying. So my question is:

If I "encode" something with Zend/Ioncube/Source Guardain will that turn the stuff into bytecode and do away with the functions... ie. convert the nice code with functions into (compiled but sorta means) the "Expanded" form. (eg. the if's are inplace of the function)

I hope this makes sense.

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Yes, that is exactly what the optimizer does, although it's a little more complex than that.

The optimizer actually removes the overhead of the function *and* the if statement, and creates an inline gate for this logic.

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