Detecting duplicate code

Copy and paste development is generally regarded as a bad practice because bug fixes or enhancements in one area of code have to be repeated in all the other copies of the same code. Not only is this time consuming and tedious, but in large code bases, it's very easy to miss a change, leading to bugs and lower overall quality.

With Visual Studio, Microsoft has provided a way to detect duplicate code so that you can take remedial action to clean it up. Let's see how this is done.

Getting ready

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How to do it...

  1. Create a new Class Library project under Visual C# and name it OriginalLibrary.
  2. Rename the Class1.cs file to the OriginalClass.cs ...

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