How to Get a Free License of Red Gate's Reflector Version 7

About three weeks ago, Red Gate announced that it will start charging $35 for Reflector version 7, when it comes out in early March. At the same time, they announced that the current free version will stop functioning shortly after that. Reflector has a "time bomb" built-in that requires you to periodically update your copy of Reflector to the latest version. They'll now use this time-bomb to kill the existing version, forcing you to upgrade to the latest - and paid for - version after May 30, 2011.

This announcement has caused quite a stir in the developer community. You can read some constructive and not so constructive feedback in the Reflector 7 Feedback forum at Red Gate's web site.

Shortly after the announcement, Jay Grieves offered to give away 10 licenses for Reflector 7 in his post Think .NET Reflector Is No Longer Free? You Might Be Wrong... Red Gate followed up on that by providing 100 more licenses to Jay for his give-away.

I decided to follow Jay's example and have 10 licenses to give away for free as well (or almost free; see below). Red Gate was kind enough to offer an additional 5 licenses for each license I am giving away, bringing the total to 60 number of licenses.

Unlike Jay, who's either Santa Claus or a philanthropist, I am not giving away these license for free entirely. Instead, I want something in return, but not something tangible. What I would like in return for a free license to Red Gate's Reflector is an idea for an article for my web site. To qualify for a free license, send me an idea for an article through the Contact page of my web site that matches the following criteria:

  • Should be clear and focused, targeting a specific technology or concept. E.g. an idea as "can you write something about BDD" does not qualify, but something like "Can you show me how to make the Microsoft Access providers for membership work with ASP.NET 4" does.
  • Should be on-topic. Check out the categories of the Articles section of my web site to see the areas I typically write about. For example, don't ask me to write about using NoSQL in a PHP environment.
  • Should take anywhere between 2 and 15 pages to write. E.g., don't ask me to write about my plans to bring world piece ;-)
  • Should be submitted through my Contact page along with your name and e-mail address (which I'll use to get in touch with you for license details or for further information about the idea)
  • Should be submitted before March 7, 2011

Ideas that match the criteria above automatically qualify for a free license until I run out of licenses. If your idea doesn't qualify: bad luck. You can always try submitting another idea. I'll be the judge, and the only judge and no correspondence will be entered into if you don't agree ;-)

I'll collect all proper ideas and put them on my "stuff to write about" list. I'll then try to cover them in the coming months, depending on the topics and the time it takes to write the articles.

So, send in your ideas now. Not only do you get a free copy of Reflector if you qualify, you also get to read an article on a topic you want to learn more about!

Disclaimer: submitting a qualifying idea does not automatically mean I write about it. You do get the free license when you qualify, but only if I find enough time to write do you get the article as well.

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On Monday, February 28, 2011 4:56:31 AM Krunal Mevada said:
Hello Imar,

Sub: How to Get a Free License of Red Gate's Reflector Version 7

Idea: "Can you show me Best way to use Entity Framework 4.0 with 4.0"


I've heard many topics on entity framework 4.0 in but didn't got a nice thorough article on that topic which uses it in a best practice manner with latest version of 4.

I want to learn and use it in my production web app to utilize best of latest tech.

Want to learn how to do validations, DAL construction and use of them in UI controls with EF 4 and ASP.NET 4

Krunal Mevada
On Tuesday, April 19, 2011 7:18:35 PM Mark Wade said:
Similar to your Sketch and Prototype review, can you write an article on your top 3-5 data access methods. Especially the pros, cons and examples of their usage?


Your top Unit Testing tools.
On Friday, April 22, 2011 1:27:28 PM WOW said:
You mentioned reflector is $35 , isn't it ?

then why will someone waste his time writing 15 pages for just $35

:) but nice try
On Friday, April 22, 2011 1:30:09 PM Imar Spaanjaars said:
Hi there,

Maybe you need to read better? I am not asking you to write an article.


On Thursday, June 16, 2011 10:21:15 AM Abhi said:
Following up on you N-layered... series...

I have been greatly benefited by these series. Implemented in quite a few of my projects. Time to move on... Now I am struggling to get the presentation layer built up in Silverlight.

Maybe an article on how to use Silverlight 4.0 as the client-end presentation layer utilizing the already built business logic layer (manager classes). How to consume those methods and entities already available to a project, in a Silverlight fornt-end?

Either as an alternative presentation layer or integrated in bits and pieces to jazz up grids etc. to complement existing ASP.Net presentation layer.

Thanks / @bhi

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