.NET Reflector catch-22
Posted by Jeroen Pluimers on 2010/04/06
I just found out that the .NET Reflector asks me two questions.
The first is this:
- This version of .NET Reflector is out of date. Do you want to update automatically?
(YES / NO)
If I answer NO, then reflector quits, so I’m forced to answer YES.
(the question seems wrong: if you don’t have a choice, then why pose a question?)
When answering YES, you get a message box like this:
- A new version of .NET Reflector is available which can not be installed automatically. Please download at ‘http://reflector.red-gate.com’.
After pressing OK, automatically a browser screen opens at this url: http://www.red-gate.com/products/reflector/
That page is an advertisement for the new version 6.0:
NEW: The .NET Reflector download now includes a 14-day, free trial of .NET Reflector Pro.
So the situation now seems this:
- You are forced to upgrade to the new Reflector
- You have to perform this upgrade manually
- It is not possible to install .NET Reflector 6.0 without the trial: when running it, it automatically installs the trial in Visual Studio.
So, 20 months after RedGate acquired Reflector from Lutz Roeder, it seems the new Reflector became a kind of ad-ware.
Did it? Did it not?
That and the impossibility of an automatic update makes me having mixed feelings. It seems I’m not the only one.