RedGate acquires .NET Reflector

August 26, 2008 at 2:23 PMAndre Loker

This morning I got an e-mail from Lutz Roeder, creator of the marvelous .NET Reflector in which he announces that he handed development of .NET Reflector over to Red Gate Software. Red Gate is known for their .NET profiler ANTS and has also acquired the PInvoke.net plugin (originally developed by PInvoke.net)some time ago.

What's probably important for many of us is that Red Gates promises to provide a free version of Reflector:

We will continue to maintain a free version for the benefit of the community.

On the one hand this opens a big opportunity for the future of .NET Reflector. Red Gate is certainly capable of adding a lot of functionality to Reflector. On the other hand, I see the potential danger that Red Gate might neglect the development of a free community version in the course of time in favour of a commercial license.

I can totally understand Lutz when he says that after eight years of development he's striving for new objectives. And I can also understand that by handing Reflector over to Red Gate he can get the financial reward that he deserves. It would of course have been awesome if he made Reflector open source, but he chose not to, and I respect this choice. Let's just cross fingers that Red Gate decides to put as much effort into a free community version as in a commercial version.

To Lutz, all the best for future projects. Thanks for having made such a great piece of software.

To Red Gate, good luck with the further development of Reflector. You're in the responsibility of keeping the spirit of a great product alive.

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