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C# Object Cloning Machinery

March 16th, 2009 3 comments

Introduction

In most cases, no matter what area of software development you are involved in, you will need a functionality of cloning your objects. The .NET Framework provides you 3 ways of achieving your object copying goal:

  1. Implement the ICloneable interface, and develop cloning functionality manually for each class involved in your desired cloning.
  2. Serialize you object to binary stream and deserialize it utilizing BinaryFormatter and MemoryStream classes. In this case your classes will need to be Serializable.
  3. Clone using Reflections.

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