Clone a .NET solution in no time

Published 24 Jul 2011

When working with .NET, I sometimes find myself wanting to just clone a solution instead of setting everything up from scratch over and over again.

For instance, you may want to clone a project stub, where you can reuse code and structure and setup that are not suitable to be extracted into a base library.

In my opinion, the biggest problem with cloning a .NET solution by copying it to a new folder, is that you have to replace everything that has to do with the old namespace. For instance, if you have a solution X, where X is the base namespace, X can contain several projects, such as X.Core, X.Domain etc. If you now clone X and call the clone Y, the new solution and all its projects must be renamed. The same goes for any other references to the name X.

I have therefore created an application that makes cloning a .NET solution easy. It is currently in beta and can be downloaded here.

With Cloney, you just have to point out a source folder that contains a solution you want to clone, as well as a target folder to where you want to clone it. When you then press “Clone”, Cloney will:

  • Copy all folders and files from the source folder
  • Ignore certain folders, such as bin, obj, .git, .svn, _Resharper*
  • Ignore certain file types, such as *.suo, *.user, *,vssscc
  • Replace the old namespace with the new one everywhere

You then end up with a fresh, clean solution without any traces of old settings, version control-related folders and files etc.

Feel free to download Cloney and give it a try and le me know what you think.