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    A friend was telling me about "Automatic Plagiarism detectors"

    I am not sure if he was telling the truth or just making this up, but he stated that some universities use "Automatic Plagiarism detectors" that are able to compare programming programs of every student in a class to see if the programs are similar or nearly identical.

    Are there software out there that are capable of doing this?

    I mean like...what do they compare? variables names? spacing? struture of code? ...what?

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    It certainly is possible, but I don't see why you should care.
    Since you're paying for tuition to attent a university, wouldn't it make sense to get the most out of your money and actually learn the material? If I were you, I'd write everything myself. I happen to like challenges, so I'd do it anyway, but if that isn't enough: if you don't do it yourself, you're just wasting your money.

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    Yes, its out their, and even opensource. I think Richard Stallman wrote one while the SCO vs IBM case was still a big story, and you can probably find it on his site (don't remeber the link, you can probably google the name to find it)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kybo_Ren
    It certainly is possible, but I don't see why you should care.
    Since you're paying for tuition to attent a university, wouldn't it make sense to get the most out of your money and actually learn the material? If I were you, I'd write everything myself. I happen to like challenges, so I'd do it anyway, but if that isn't enough: if you don't do it yourself, you're just wasting your money.
    I agree with him. Now this doesn't mean you and a classmate can't help each other out, but don't go handing your friend the code, but help them understand it, or brainstorm with them. My CS3 teacher actually encouraged this, as its most common for you to be working in teams when you get into the work force.
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