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Sitefinity CMS maker Telerik has decided to make its OpenAccess ORM tool free to software developers building data tools for database platforms like Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server and PostgreSQL.

The powerful tool had previously only been available as part of Telerik's commercially licensed software editions. What do developers who paid for the now free tool get for their allegiance? Priority support, of course! 

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In addition to Priority support for enterprise-grade ORM users, there is also a new Web Services Wizard that offers app data to client developers via the Web. The free version is available for download from the Telerik website, and the enterprise version comes in either the Premium or Ultimate Collection. 

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OpenAccess ORM is now a free standalone tool, but also included in enterprise level software packages from Telerik

Telerik has already doled out a couple of big software releases this year, so the freemium version of OpenAccess ORM is only the latest addition. Sitefinity was updated to version 5.0 back in March, and just about every developer tool in the Telerik catalogue was updated in February. Furthermore, Telerik just released its new mobile app development framework with the release of HTML5 tool Kendo UI. 

OpenAccess ORM Features

  • SDK -- The OpenAccess SDK is an offline resource browser with demos on how to best use ORM in new apps.
  • Visual Studio Integration -- This provides guidance when building OpenAccess-enabled applications. There's a set of designers, wizards and tools designed to make model management intuitive and fast.
  • Database Support -- Provides support for many types of databases and allows easy connection to one or more databases without installing more components. Easily switch from using one database to another.
  • Performance -- It uses just a few megabytes of memory on the client and tries to be efficient when fetching data even in large applications.

Tell us in the comments if you're a fan of the freemium model or if you think it's a bit unfair for those who originally paid for the tool in the first place.