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JavaOne 2006: How Adobe Can Attract Java Developers to Flex 2
To attract five million Java developers, they should offer Eclipse-based Flex Builder IDE for free
By: Yakov Fain
May. 18, 2006 12:30 PM
Flex 2 is a good technology for development of rich Internet applications, and Adobe is already making some serious changes in the pricing policy to bring Flex 2 to masses. But to make it attractive to five million of professional Java developers they should offer Eclipse-based Flex Builder IDE for free. Java developers enjoy a variety of excellent free Java IDE such as Eclipse, NetBeans and JDeveloper. Expensive IDEs like JBuilder or RAD are only used by some filthy rich corporations. An excellent IntellijIDEA IDE is not expensive, but it has very modest market share: Java developers are spoiled by good open source products.
Each time I talk to Java developers about Flex 2, the first question they ask, “Is it free?” I answer that even without IDE you can use a plain text editor for writing code, and can create and run a small community-grade Web site for free using Flex command line compilers, Flex framework components and Flex Data Services on a single processor server... For existing Flex 1.5 developers Flex Builder environment is a big improvement , but Java developers have seen it all and will think twice before reaching for their wallets.
I'm not in the position of giving Adobe advice, it's just a voice from the trenches.
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