#1,108 – Use Reflector to Get List of Resources

You can use the third party .NET Reflector tool to get more information on the contents of a .NET (e.g. WPF) assembly.  .NET Reflector is available from Red Gate Software.  Included in the list of information displayed in Reflector is a full list of all resources embedded in the assembly.

To start with, you open the assembly within Reflector.  You do this by browsing to the .exe file containing the assembly.

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Once you open the assembly, you can look at the contents, including any resources embedded within the assembly.  In the example below, we find the image ted.jpg in the images sub-folder.

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#105 – Viewing BAML as XAML

BAML is simply a compiled binary version of a XAML fragment.  The XAML elements are converted into equivalent binary objects.  This means that translating back from BAML to XAML is straightforward.

The simplest way to view a particular .baml file as XAML is to use the .NET Reflector tool.  After you download the tool, download the BamlViewer add-in for Reflector.  You’ll have to install the add-in (View | Add-Ins | Add).

Once installed, you just open the executable that contains the BAML, stored as a resource.  Then open the BAML Viewer from the Tools menu.

The BAML Viewer window will open and you can then navigate to the .baml that you want to examine (found embedded as a resource).  When you select the .baml file in the upper pane, the equivalent XAML will be displayed in the lower pane.