Flex Beta 2 and Free Flex SDK

It’s all true. We’ve decided to release a free version of the Flex SDK. We haven’t decided exactly what’s going to be in it yet, but at a minimum, a compiler and the framework — everything you need to build Flex 2 applications. We’re also going to release a free version of Flex Enterprise Services that will be limited by the number of connections it allows, and will only run on a single server. Of course, Flex Builder 2 and the full version of Flex Enterprise Services 2 won’t be free, but now anyone will be able to get started building Flex 2 applications at no cost whatsoever. This is all we really know at this point, but I’ll post more details when I have them.

Also, Flex Builder 2 and Flex Enterprise Services 2 will go into public beta tomorrow, so get ready. Some of the new features include:

  • View source support. If you want to share the source of your app, just enable the view source option when publishing, and Flex Builder 2 will automatically generate beautifully formatted source code for all the world to see along with a "View Source" option in the context menu. This is amazingly slick.
  • Player detection.
  • History management.
  • Automatic import organization.
  • Code collapse.
  • Outline view.
  • Tons of other stuff.

If you’re still getting up to speed on Flex, I made a post the other day entitled "Clarifying the Term Flex" which describes in detail all the different components of Flex. I’ll let you know when the beta is available for download, or you can just keep an eye on Adobe Labs (rss).