Erika Ehrli Cabral

Monday, June 20, 2005

Did you lose your mind and your source code?

I was trying to find the original source code for the code analysis & documentation tool that I built some time ago, and after spending some hours searching my computer and all my backup CD's, I could only find the assembly of the code project. Yes, you are right, I was very frustrated for some minutes; however, there are magical tools that can help you to remember the object model of a project as well as some implementation details.

Lutz Roeder created a class browser tool for .NET components: Reflector.NET. The tool allows you to explore the class hierarchy of an assembly and to disassemble the source code by class. The following image presents a snapshot of the information that .NET Reflector can provide for an assembly :

Figure 1. Sample disassembly of a class.

If you lost some code.....
  1. Take a deep breath.
  2. Think positive and consider that one advantage of loosing source code is that you get to start everything from scratch and you can make it much better.
  3. Find the assembly of your project.
  4. Download .NET Reflector.
  5. Open .NET Reflector.
  6. Load your assembly and there you go, your code is there, so don't be so scared.


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