Adobe Systems, has announced that it is offering Adobe Flex Builder 2 software at no cost to students and faculty at educational institutions worldwide.
The Flex Builder 2 integrated development environment is part of a powerful toolset for designing and developing rich internet applications (RIAs), an essential part of Web 2.0.
Web 2.0 technologies have spurred the development of RIAs that enable data sharing, collaboration, user participation, social networking, and more. Flex is the industry’s most advanced framework for building cross-operating system RIAs for the web. By offering Flex Builder 2 at no cost, educational institutions will be able to improve students’ and researchers’ knowledge of RIA development. With Flex 3, currently in public beta, students will be able to extend their RIAs to the desktop using Adobe AIR.
Peter Isaacson, vice president of education marketing at Adobe, said: By making it easier for educational institutions to adopt Flex 2, we are ensuring that students and researchers are better equipped to harness the power of Web 2.0 and RIAs. It is clear that RIAs are the future of web development, and a strong skill set in RIA development will serve students well in their careers.