Lutz Roeder's .NET Reflector Finds New Home at Red Gate Software

By M. David Peterson
August 20, 2008 | Comments: 4

via a Tweet from Ben Hall, it seems .NET Reflector has found a new home.

I'll be honest: I'm not sure how I feel about this.

Under an agreement announced on Wednesday 20th August , Red Gate will be responsible for the future development of .NET Reflector, the popular tool authored by Lutz Roeder. Red Gate will continue to offer the tool for free to the community.

Lutz Roeder is a well-known .NET developer. His software, .NET Reflector, is one of the most widely used .NET development tools. Roeder works at Microsoft and is one of the original developers of Expression Blend.

James Moore is general manager of .NET Developer Tools at Red Gate. He has extensive programming experience and worked on the user interface of Red Gate's SQL Compare and SQL Backup tools before taking over the .NET division. Moore has previous experience developing large open source code through his involvement in the PHP project, where he worked on quality assurance, engine extensions, and PHP-GTK documentation.

Setting aside my mixed set of emotions regarding the above, a simple request to Red Gate Software: Please don't ruin Reflector. It's perfect. Just as it is. Thanks!

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Thanks for your comments.

I understand that many in the community will be sceptical about the agreement announced today and that Red Gate will have to earn their respect through our actions rather than our words.

When we purchased many people were worried about a community site being owned by a commercial entity. Over the past year or so, we have put a lot of resources into improving the site and I’m sure if you ask the people who use the site now, they would agree that the changes we have made have generally improved the site rather than destroying it.

It would not make sense for Red Gate, from a commercial point of view, to do anything to damage Reflector. The best outcome for Red Gate is to make Reflector even more popular and useful than it is today and we will be doing everything we can to do that.

If anyone has any questions or comments please feel free to email me directly (james.moore {at}


Hi James,

My biggest concern has everything to do with your long term intentions. Will the baseline Reflector remain free just as it is today? I can both understand and agree with the idea of licensing specific extensions to Reflector. If you can provide some reassurance, however, that the baseline Reflector -- with various internal improvements to keep up with each release of the .NET platform and/or extensions to the core add-in API to better enable add-in developers to take advantage of new features -- will remain free, then there's no need for you to have to earn our trust. If you were to later go against your word, then you would certainly lose our trust at that point, but that's a bridge that we would hopefully never need to cross.


Thanks for your reply,

I'm happy to confirm (& clarify) that our intention is to keep the "baseline version" of Reflector free - including adding support for future core .NET technologies. We will also be looking at ways we can improve the public API's and making it easier for people to write add-ins.

As I said before, the best outcome for Red Gate is for Reflector to remain popular and widely used and I will be doing everything in my power to make sure that this remains the case.


Dear Mr. Moore,

You are a liar.


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