Here, we will get setup with Adobe Flash Builder (previously known as Adobe Flex Builder). If you already have this, you can skip this chapter.
There are a few different options for getting Adobe Flash Builder:
- Free trial
- Through your school/college/university
- Educators version
- Use the Open Source Flex SDK
Most of these options start with going to http://www.adobe.com/products/flashbuilder/. If you want to get it through Adobe’s Education program, take a look at the FAQ which talks you through the process.
No matter which route you go, you can easily start by downloading the demo – you can then upgrade to a full version either by purchasing, getting a licence through the Adobe Education program, or through a program at your institution.
Once you have downloaded the software, follow the instructions to install, fire it up and take a look around. The help comes with some short tutorials and there are others available in the online documentation and the Flash Builder Community Help.
Next time: Starting Development