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Decompiler Delights: dotPeek for .NET


After what already appears to be a comparatively busy year of technology updates straddling Ruby, ECMAScript, PHP, and more, JetBrains has sent another rocket off to herald the arrival of its free .NET decompiler and assembly browser. In terms of developer usage, dotPeek's mission is to make high-quality decompiling available to everyone in the .NET community at no cost.

This standalone offering comes with the same underlying decompiler technology (and so the same kind of navigation and search features) found in the JetBrains ReSharper productivity extension for Microsoft Visual Studio.

"It is easy to get used to good tools. We are typically spoiled by the intelligence we add to every product — and dotPeek is no exception to this rule," said Leonid Shalupov, dotPeek lead developer. "Being able to easily navigate, search, and review decompiled artifacts was as essential for us as having these features in a source code editor. So, here it is: an intelligent .NET decompiler, which is also free for all."

In practical terms, dotPeek works with the "look and feel" of a code editor with navigation/search functionalities and is capable of decompiling .NET framework 1.0-4.5 assemblies to C#.

Specifically engineered "search for symbol" functions sit alongside instant "jump to" controls to navigate towards a specific type, assembly, symbol, or type member, as well as navigation to symbol declarations, implementations, derived, and base symbols.


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