Lutz Roeder’s .NET Reflector Is Now Red Gate’s .NET Reflector

Let’s face it, if you don’t know .NET Reflector, you can never claim to be a .NET developer.

Today Red Gate announced the acquisition of Lutz Roeder’s .NET Reflector.

On .NET Reflector’s page, Red Gate states that “will continue to maintain a free version for the benefit of the community”.

You can read an interview with Lutz Roeder and James Moore (general manager of .NET Developer Tools at Red Gate) at simple-talk.

James doesn’t know yet how to improve Reflector, but I do. Reflector needs a major improvement on UI usability and performance. Let’s see if I can come up with a list:

  • For me, search as you type is not a good idea as it is in Reflector.
  • Still in the search theme, search as you type would be nice for the active code window.
  • I cannot understand why changing any of the options fires a total repaint and lost of the view of the active code item.
  • Settings like code, documentation and number formatting should possible to change on the fly with a simple toolbar click.

I’m sure Red Gate is more than capable of taking good care of .NET Reflector.

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