Checkmate, developers: IntelliJ IDEA plugin catches copy-pasted Java code


Boffins affiliated with dev tools biz JetBrains and HSE University in Moscow have devised an open-source plugin for the company’s Java development editor that guards against copy-and-paste coding.

AntiCopyPaster, available on GitHub, works with IntelliJ IDEA, JetBrain’s integrated development environment (IDE) for Java programmers. It was created by Anton Ivanov, Zarina Kurbatova, Yaroslav Golubev, Andrey Kirilenko, Timofey Bryksin to help mitigate the problems that can accompany copied code.

In a paper posted to ArXiv, the researchers observe that while “[c]opying and pasting constitute an essential part of writing programming code,” doing so can lead to code maintenance, security problems, and licensing issues.

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