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Inspection for redundant variable initializations #2732

retailcoder opened this issue Feb 23, 2017 · 1 comment

Inspection for redundant variable initializations #2732

retailcoder opened this issue Feb 23, 2017 · 1 comment


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@retailcoder retailcoder commented Feb 23, 2017

If a variable's first assignment (taking code paths into account) is a literal with the default value for that variable's declared type, Rubberduck should suggest removing that redundant assignment.

    Dim foo As String
    foo = vbNullString ' or ""

    Dim foo As Integer ' or any numeric type actually
    foo = 0

    Dim foo As Boolean
    foo = False

    Dim foo As Object ' or any reference type
    Set foo = Nothing

    Dim foo As Date
    foo = 0 ' 1899-12-30 12:00:00AM actually, so #1899-12-30#

    Dim foo As Variant
    foo = Empty ' vbEmpty still makes "(foo = vbEmpty)" evaluate to True, but converts to 0
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@SystemsModelling SystemsModelling commented Feb 25, 2017

Does that conflict with another inspection?

Dim foo As String
If condition then
End If

could raise the inspection "foo may not be assigned a value"


Dim foo As Long
For i=1 to 3
    foo=foo + i 
End If

could raise "foo is referenced before being assigned a value"

I may be misremembering some similar inspection in another parser.

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