The Future of .NET Reflector

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

After more than eight years of working on .NET Reflector, I have decided it is time to move on and explore some new opportunities.

I have reached an agreement to have Red Gate Software continue the development of .NET Reflector. Red Gate has a lot of experience creating tools for both .NET and SQL Server. They have the resources necessary to work on new features, and Reflector fits nicely with other .NET tools the company offers.

Red Gate will continue to provide the free community version and is looking for your feedback and ideas for future versions.

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35 comments:

Stu said...

Lutz,
Thank you for creating one of the most useful and indispensable pieces of software in my entire .NET toolkit. When I think of development in .NET, I can't imagine doing it without Reflector right there beside me.

I'm sure that RedGate will do a superb job maintaining the software going forward and I'm sure that I speak for many when I say that I'd be happy to pay for a commercial version of such an excellent tool.

Looking forward to what you work on next.

-Stuart Thompson

Omer said...

Thank you for your wonderful work and dedication throughout the years.
Your Reflector is the MUST HAVE tool on every dev station I have.

Marco Ensing said...

Thanks for building this great tool and for 8 years of free support!

dalesmithtx said...

Holy poop!

CRPietschmann said...

I've been using Reflector since about 2003 when I first started in .NET. It's been an extremely valuable tool for me, and many thanks for creating and maintaining it!

I'd gladly pay for such a valuable tool if it meant its' survival. But, I'd rather if it went commercial some day that I'd be paying the man that created it. I think you may have been able to build a small business around .NET Reflector if you wanted to. If RedGate does go commercial with it someday, I hope they paid you for it well.

Good luck on your next projects now that you have some "free" time to work on them. I look forward to seeing what you do next.

senfo said...

We all appreciate the work that you put into Reflector. It has been an essential utility for me for at least the past few years. I wish you luck in the future.

naraga said...

Thanks for the TOOL Lutz! It is one of the applications i use daily since you created it. I learned a lot about internals of .net thanks to your work!

jlewicki said...

At risk of sounding fawning, I have to echo the comments here and give a gigantic 'Thank You' for producing and maintaining this tool. Its been absolutely invaluable to me for years, saved me huge amounts of time and energy when debugging, and given me tremendous insight into the inner workings of the framework. Its no exaggeration to say it has advanced my career in a very real way.

Well done Mr. Roeder!

Pete said...

Yeah Im just going to gush hero worship too. Im excited to see if an entire company can replicate the high quality of ideas and excecution you have for the past 8 years! Replicator is incredible. Thanks for your work on it.

ton said...

Thanks to your great work, my understanding of .NET stuff is greatly enhanced. And those time when I had to do treacherous reflection hacks wouldn't be possible without Reflector =) It is pure awesomeness!

CriGoT said...

Every single day I use Reflector as well as almost all my cowrokers. Thank you very much for your effort and great ideas.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful software. It has helped me keep my sanity a many times :)

John D said...

A big THANK YOU Lutz! Reflector is not only a useful tool but an example of fine craftsmanship and excellence. A role model to look upto..

MuiBienCarlota said...

With regrets, good luck for your projects.
I hope they will be as successfull as Reflector.

Chris Bissell said...

You're bringing a tear to my eye Mr. Roeder. This is *the* indispensable tool for .NET development and has been for years.

Hi Marco :)

Juan Romero said...

This must be getting boring but....

I am truly sorry to hear this, but I understand where you are coming from and wish you the best in your future endeavors.

.NET Reflector is a great piece of software and the fact that a company like Red Gate is interested in it clearly "reflects" the quality of your work.

Kudos to you. Thank you for making such excellent tool available to us and good luck once again!

Juan Romero
Sr. Web Developer

Anonymous said...

Another thank you! Truly great work.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lutz. We appreciate your contribution to the the .Net world.

Anonymous said...

I had long hoped that Reflector might eventually have ended up Open/Shared Source just merely due to the technical complexity of the program and an interest in seeing how it all came together. I've always been surprised that Reflector wasn't merged with Visual Studio as its navigation and hyperlinking has always been extremely useful when trying to understand an api.

I certainly hope Red Gate continues to produce such a high-quality offering.

Ron

Paulo Gonçalves said...

Thank you, great tool.

Anonymous said...

So how long before this application goes defunct?

Yash said...

Great work Lutz. Love Reflector.....

Tom Puleo said...

It's been said already, but .NET Reflector has been an invaluable asset over the years. Some tools are convenient, yours is indispensable. Thank you.

james said...

best tool ever created.

jo0ls said...

Thank you Lutz for all the hard work!

Anonymous said...

Why havent you tried the pizzaware option ? I think many of us could have accepted a little donation to keep this tool free.

Jax said...

I'm a little late to the party here but this is probably my most favourite dev tool for .NET.
I even managed to identify a couple of bugs in the Framework using this. :D

Anonymous said...

A lot of thanks for very great tool!

appel said...

Thanks for a great tool. Unfortunately Red Gate Software are not so great at maintaining it. The current version ask you to upgrade every time you start it, and if you answer yes it tells you that you already have the latest version. ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Lutz. The tool was extraordinary for what it was able to do in very many ways. Good luck with everything!

Robz said...

And now it's no longer a free tool. :(

Mariano said...

Sadly RedGate is dismissing the community free edition.

Robert Koritnik said...

Everyone commenting (some years ago) they'd pay for such a fine product. The time has come for you to do so. I see a lot of unhappy faces, but RedGate is going to get huge amounts of money. I don't think they have any other product as popular as NET Reflector under their belt.

Warren said...

Now red-gate is reneging on the comittment they made to have a free version.

Oh well. It was nice while it lasted.


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Anonymous said...

Bye-bye free reflector...