Adobe Offers Free Flex Builder 2 to Educational Users

Adobe last week announced its intention to release Flex Builder 2 free for students and faculty at educational institutions.

Flex Builder, which retails for $499, is an integrated development environment (IDE) for the Flex Framework, which powers cross-platform rich Web applications.

Built on the Eclipse IDE, Flex Builder 2 provides a suite of tools and libraries for developing Flex apps and extending applications built using AJAX. The IDE includes:

  • Editors for MXML, ActionScript and CSS;
  • An incremental compiler; and
  • Interactive debugging features and design elements, among other features.

Flex Builder 2 will be available for free to educators and students, beginning in November. It supports Mac OS X and Windows environments.

For more information on the product, go here.

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