Thursday, August 21, 2008

Red Gate bought .NET Reflector

When I've read the InfoQ article my first reaction was panic. I had experience with Red Gate which can not be considered utterly positive. The parties comments are mutually optimistic but I still have a sinking feeling in my stomach.

I wouldn't be surprised at all, if "free community edition" will evolve to the "free community 30-day trial". You will have to buy Pro version, which will allow you to add new libraries for inspection, .NET Reflector Toolbelt license for Disassembly functionality and Ultimate edition license if you actually want to translate disassembled code from German to C#.

3 comments:

Simon Galbraith said...

Michael,
That isn't our plan.
We bought the website sqlserversentral.com a couple of years ago and there was similar concern from the sql professional community then. Since then we've kept the site free, removed most of the ads, upped the quality and multiplied traffic by 3 - there are now more than 850,000 members up from ~200,000 at the time of purchase.
We've not ironed out exactly what we'll do with Reflector (because we've not had a chance to interact with the Refletor user community) but we bought it becasue it is popular and has a passionate user base - we'd be fools to damage either of those things.
Simon Galbraith
Joint CEO
Red Gate Software

Michael Goldobin said...

Hi Simon,
Good to know that. So there is a difference with Apple and Microsoft :)

Chris Barrow said...

Actions speak louder than words [although words do have a habit of misrepresenting action]. Let's hope the actions are positive and .NET reflector continues to be the great tool it has always been.


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