Thursday, February 03, 2011

In an open letter to the .NET community, RedGate announces Reflector is going commercial. Worse yet, the current version is set to expire after the 1st quarter of this year! I had reservations about the original takeover by RedGate - looks like it was right to be concerned.

It would be ideal if they would make a Community or Express version, with/without ads, with/without restrictions on business use. At the very least, they should make an old version perpetually free, as some other vendors have done.

If something useful but somewhat niche goes commercial, can MySql be far behind? Is Oracle any less profit-driven than RedGate?