Friday, March 11, 2011

R.I.P. To our friend, The Free Version of Reflector

Reflector is one of the best tools every invented and unfortunately is no longer free. If this was a brand new product, I would have no issue paying the mere $35 for it - however this tool has _always_ been free. Red Gate bought this tool a couple years ago and as of this month it is no longer free. OK - so run the older version. Well - it deletes itself.

So this shows a bit of premeditation built into their software that they would one day delete this from people's systems. I have a problem with this. A free tool is a FREE tool. Not 'free until we decide to make you pay and delete the free version you had'. I don't feel this is correct in any way.

With that said if the Pro version of this tool was $35 with built in debugging for compiled assemblies, I would think that would be a great deal. Alas, we are paying $35 to regain what we already had in this tool.

This practice has made quite a few people angry. I love Red Gate's products, but I really believe they went about this the wrong way by deleting free software installed on our machines.

I now will be recommending ILSpy. An open source program that started development when Red Gate announced they would be charging for Reflector.

http://wiki.sharpdevelop.net/ilspy.ashx

Is it as good as reflector? No. Is it free? Yes!

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