Thoughts on the Reflector announcement and Licence give-away

Red Gate recently announced that as of v7, Reflector would no longer be available for free. As expected, this created quite a controversy amongst the .NET developer community as Reflector has always had a free version.

Personally, I don’t have any problem with Red Gate charging for the new Reflector v7 – it looks like it’ll have some pretty cool new features (decompiling iterators is long overdue). The thing that concerned me was that the existing free edition of v6 is time-bombed to stop working once v7 is released. I would have very much liked to see the v6 free edition to stay around for a while – even if it’s in a non-supported, non-maintained capacity.

Since the announcement, Red Gate contacted me (via the Friends of Red Gate program) and asked me whether I’d be interested in giving away some licences for Reflector 7. I said yes, so I now have 50 free licences of Reflector 7 to give away. I’m limiting these to developers of Open Source projects or educational institutions. If you meet one of these criteria, keep reading…

If you’re the coordinator of a .NET open source project and would like a free Reflector 7 licence then please email me at reflector (at) with the following information:

  • Your name
  • The name of your OSS project
  • The URL of the project (it must be an *active* project)
  • A URL to the page on the project’s site that identifies you as the project owner/coordinator

If you’re a developer or teacher working at an educational institution and you would like a free Reflector 7 license then please email me at reflector (at) with the following details:

  • Your name
  • The name of the educational institution
  • Your job title (developer, professor, teacher etc)
  • Please ensure that you send me the email from your educational institution’s email address

I’ll give these licenses away on a first-come-first-serve basis, so be sure to get in quick.

Written on February 16, 2011