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Welcome to Flex! I strongly suggest that you start instead with Flex 2 Beta 3. It's a lot better because it uses a newer and much improved version of the Flash Player, which includes a new language, ActionScript 3. It's different enough from Flex 1.5 and ActionScript 2 that you'll have to un-learn a lot of stuff if you start with an earlier version.
There are very few books on Flex so far, and I don't know of any videos. I would rely for now on the Adobe documentation, which is very extensive, and especially on examples such as the Flex Explorer which show you how to get started with lots of relatively simple but important aspects of Flex.
I would also subscribe to the Flexcoders list which is very active, with both newbies and experts involved.
Thanks for the heads up. I am installing Flex builder 2 right now.
Yeah, I only found one book on the market so far and I am reading all the
manuals and docs that macromedia can supply.
I agree entirely. I am a longtime 1.5 guy and have just started with 2.0, and it is much simpler to get started with.
Be sure to visit the http://labs.adobe.com/
It has lots of docs, links, and other helpful stuff for us beginners.