SPARK is a technology written by Data & Object Factory allowing very efficient and effective application development. It is an ORM and a replacement for Entity Framework, but at the same time it is so much more.
You state that the cost is 3x higher. This is incorrect.
The normal $79 ($59 for renewal) fee applies. By the way, in our history we have never raised this price
SPARK is included with the $79 version and it can be used in its entirety.
However if you choose to get the SPARK code generator (which is called the PRO version) then you can purchase this for $229.
Again, the code generator is optional, although it can save you a lot of time and work.
In fact, we use it all the time in our own work and with great success.
Hope this clarifies it.
Jack Poorte, Apr 02, 2014