Thursday, May 26, 2011

Alternatives to .Net Reflector

Now that Red Gate is no longer offering Reflector for free, you may think that you have to purchase a copy of Reflector now in order to be able to use it for examining and researching assemblies.  Personally, I use Reflector most heavily for examining assembly dependencies and looking at assembly attributes such as Signing Keys etc.

Fortunately, there are several alternatives. 

If you just simply need to use Reflector for a brief period of time, you can simply download the trial version of Red Gate Reflector from here:

If you want a free version, there are 2 alternatives from major vendors available now:

The 1st is from Telerik which now offers a tool in beta form called Telerik JustDecompile:

The 2nd alternative is from Jetbrains, the company that brought you Resharper and TeamCity:

So now, in regards to assembly decompilation, you can once again have your cake and eat it too!

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