What′s New in dotPeek

This page outlines what has improved in recent versions of dotPeek, namely 2016.1 and 2016.2, which introduce an assembly dependency diagram, improve the IL viewer, and provide new ways of browsing assemblies in NuGet packages.

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Exploring assembly metadata with dotPeek

Exploring assembly metadata 2016.3 RC

dotPeek 2016.3 helps you explore assembly metadata and dig through all items (tables, blobs, strings, etc.) inside it. Under the Metadata node, you can explore values of blob items, PE file headers, usages of metadata table items.

Same as elsewhere in the assembly tree, you can double-click metadata items to decompile and display the corresponding code.

Assembly dependency diagram

Assembly dependency diagram

dotPeek 2016.2 can display the assembly dependency diagram, which extends the family of dependency analysis tools available in dotPeek and ReSharper.

You can invoke the diagram on selected assemblies in the Assembly Explorer and explore connections that are established between the assemblies by virtue of their references.

Improved IL code viewer

Improved IL code viewer

dotPeek 2016.2 improves its IL Viewer in order to display code in a more readable manner:

  • Types, members, type parameters, and local variables, method parameters, labels, commented metadata tokens are now automatically highlighted;
  • Loops can now be distinguished with indents and comments.
Browsing NuGet packages with dotPeek

Browsing NuGet packages

For a long time, opening .nupkg files from disk was the only way to load assemblies from NuGet packages.

In version 2016.1, there are now two more ways: you can find and load NuGet packages (and their dependencies if necessary) from any online package source, or load packages listed in a packages.config file in your Visual Studio project.

dotPeek highlights usages of symbol under the caret

Highlighting of symbol usages

dotPeek learns to automatically highlight usages of the symbol under the caret.

Among other benefits, it is much harder now for obfuscated identifiers to get lost as easily in decompiled code.

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