We’ve been thinking a bit about open source software lately at Red Gate. Supporting the Glimpse project has really helped keep it in our minds, especially with Nik and Anthony in the building, banging the OSS drum.

A couple of weeks ago, at NDC Oslo, Nik presented a session on getting up and running with open source development. He talked about the challenges and pitfalls, and gave some good, solid advice for starting and maintaining OSS projects. The video’s here, if you’re interested.

As part of his the talk, Nik and Anthony launched OSS Zero to Sixty, a set of resources to help get open source projects started, and OSS Perks, a directory of tools and services that are free for open source development.

We’re going to list .NET Reflector on there, along with a few other Red Gate tools.

If you’re working on an open source project, we’re happy to offer free licenses of:

If you get in touch (info@reflector.net, for .NET Reflector inquiries) and tell us a bit about what you’re doing, we’ll sort you out with a free license.

Open source on .NET doesn’t feel like it’s really taken off in the same way as other platforms. That can’t all be about tooling, but tooling is an area where we can help out a bit. It’s an extension of the idea behind OSS Perks, really – hopefully making some of the industry standard development tools available will help the .NET OSS crowd get going.

Oh, and if you’re interested in getting more involved in OSS, Glimpse is always looking for contributers, and Nik and Anthony are speaking at Monkeyspace this week.

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