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Hi guys, I just recently started with flash. I downloaded the flex builder and really liked it. Sadly the trial is now over. It appears however that the flex sdk is free and flex builder is over 200 dollars. So my question is what is your setup to create flash apps. Is it worth buying the builder or is the sdk more than sufficient. Are projects from the builder easily adaptable to the plain sdk. Is there perhaps some other free ide? -CProgrammer

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FlashDevelop also supports Haxe, a language that targets the flash virtual machine, javascript and a server side virtual machine (neko). It's a statically typed Java-like language, but with type inference and support for functional programming. Enjoy!

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I found FlashDevelop not very good at all. I don't think it supported a debugger (although I might be wrong). To me, a debugger alone makes FB worth the money. It's also a pretty decent tool, and FB3 supports refactoring tools which are great. I would not buy FB until FB3 is released... but you can get the FB3 beta which lasts quite a while... that is my advice, and decide after the trial runs out.

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