UPDATE: Fixed misspelled title, the permalink for this page changed, fix your incoming links!
Reflector 5 is out, and it is good. Go get it immediately, or just run your current version and go Help | Check for Updates.
What's the coolest new feature? Why, a custom "protocol handler" that will soon sweep the (.NET) blogosphere. Select any item in Reflector and press Ctrl-Alt-C to copy the code:// URI for that item. Like this:
Click here if you have Reflector 5 to navigate to this method: code://System.Xml/System.Xml.XmlNameTable/Add
Note that URI can include the version and hash value for the assembly, as my example does in the underlying href.
Worried it won't work in FireFox? Remember that Custom Protocol Handlers aren't an IE only thing. Notice my FireFox dialog below. Just click "Remember my choice" and you'll have the same glorious integrated experience as everyone else. This code:// thing could take off...I wonder if we can work out some kind of cross-promotional thing with the Java guys? ;)
Here's a few ACTION ITEMS for you after you've downloaded the new version:
Thanks Lutz! We all owe you.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
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