Adobe has been trying hard to build an ecosystem around Flex, which is a collection of technologies for the development and deployment of cross-platform rich Internet applications based on the Adobe Flash platform.
In order to woo more developers to use Flex, they are giving away free copies of Adobe Flex Builder. In order to get these free copies you have be
- A student or a faculty or employed in an educational institution
- A developer who is unemployed due to layoff.
To get these free copies all you have to do is just fill out a form at this link (student, unemployed)
Additional free resources
Together with free copies they are also offering the following
- Free video course
- A free 60-day Safari Books Online subscription to a collection of books on Flex 3 and related RIA development technologies.
If you ask me, I would say this is a smart move by Adobe to get more developers into the ecosystem.
If you are not eligible to get a free copy, then you can get the trial version of Adobe Flex Builder which can be used up to 60 days for free or buy it in retail for $249.