Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jack is back for some more Sencha license bait and switch

Ext, now Sencha, have stayed true to their roots. They have gone back to their old ways of baiting users with their licensing shenanigans again. So Sencha touch first starts out their beta program with an unknown license. Next they come up with a commercial paid licensing scheme but only a few suckers bite.

Out of the blue there is a Jack sighting on the Ext forums http://www.sencha.com/forum/showthread.php?115550-Hello-to-friends and within a matter of days Sencha announces that they have temporarily changed their Sencha touch license to be commercial but free. Brings back of memories of Jack's bait and switch ploys, doesn't it. I feel for the poor bastards that are going to use Sencha touch now only to find that the license has changed within a year to a paid-only option.

Old habits die hard but I must admit that I'm secretly happy that Jack is back as his mere association with Sencha will be it's ultimate demise. He is Jinxed Slocum.