XE4 Upgrade Decision

  

I’m currently using Delphi 2010 Professional and it’s time to make that upgrade decision . . . again. The first decision I had to make was should I upgrade to Rad Studio XE4 or Delphi XE4. I’ve decided to upgrade to Delphi XE4. Now I have to decide which version of Delphi XE4 should I go with, Professional Upgrade ($494.10) or the Enterprise Upgrade ($1,349.10).  That’s a difference of $855. So I decided to study the Delphi XE4 Feature Matrix.The Professional version has three different Optional features:1 Requires purchase of Mobile Add-On Pack for Professional2 Requires purchase of FireDAC Client/Server Pack for Professional3 Requires purchase of Mobile Add-On Pack for Professional for use with mobile apps. Requires purchase of FireDAC Client/Server Pack for Professional for use in Windows and Mac apps.Each one of Optional features requires a separate purchase:1. Mobile Add-On Pack for Professional ($494.10)2. FireDAC Client/Server Pack for Professional ($399.00)3. Both of the above ($848.10)For me, Chances are I’d have to purchase the above tems if I went with XE4 Professional. However, the above items are included in the Enterprise version of XE4. So that makes the difference a whopping $6.90.With XE4 Enterprise you also get Additional UML MODELINGdbExpress drivers available for 64-bit Windows InterBase, Firebird, Oracle, MySQL, SQL Anywhere, Informix, and SQLitedbExpress drivers available for OS X InterBase, Firebird, Oracle, MySQL, SQL Anywhere, Informix, and SQLiteTSQLMonitor support for SQLiteDataSnap Mobile Connector support for latest versions of iOS, Android and BlackBerrySeveral dbExpress server connectivity versionsDataSnap capabilityA couple additional BizSnap piecesSome IntraWeb piecesSo, given my track record for slow upgrades it looks like the best choice for me is the upgrade to Delphi XE4 Enterprise.Note: The prices quoted came from embarcadero’s website store on 05/19/2013. Semper Fi,Gunny Mike

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