I understand where this pricing is coming from though. Sencha as a company has started with some serious financial investments. If I’m not mistaken, more than $50 million were poured into the company over a couple of rounds of financing. Having this pile of cash is great for any software product, and Sencha’s engineers have proven that they can deliver. But there are time to scatter stones and there times to gather them. I guess, these venture capitalists what to see their money grow.
I still remember these expensive IDEs from the 90th, which were priced at $2K a pop. Where are they? I still remember Adobe’s LiveCycle Data Services (LCDS) with the extraorbitant license prices that was not able to compete with Adobe’s own open sourced version of this product (BlazeDS). WHere is LCDS now? Do you also see what I see?
As I said, I like Ext JS framework (hopefully it’ll lose some weight in the future versions), and I like Sencha Touch for developing mobile applications. I wish Sencha’s salesmen to be convincing in selling the licenses of Sencha Complete: Team. Our company offers consulting services in development of enterprise Web applications, and Ext JS is one of our frameworks of choice. And the last thing I want is to see the market share of Sencha is diminishing because of the careless pricing policy.
Update: I hope that this blog has contributed to Sencha decision to lower the prices. As of February 2013, you can purchase a one-developer license of Sencha Complete for $995.