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I don't think there are any other IDEs.
You could always just compile from the command line using the free SDK, but if you're in it to make money, FB is by far the best investment you'll make next year. :-)
IMHO the best way to go is Flex Builder. Download a free trial and try it out.
Which restriction has FB trial?
Is it time or feature limited?
Time limited. Unless you're a student or faculty member at an educational institution and then Adobe offers it for free, just like ColdFusion. Pretty darn nice, IMHO.
I use Flash to create assets and Flex Builder + LCDS. When Flash Catalyst will come out, I will use that too.
Basically you can use any text editor but having code hinting can be nice...
On the Mac you can use TextMate, Eclipse with the FDT plugin, Flexbuilder or... even XCode.
On the PC you can use FlashDevelop which is a very convenient IDE, with very good code assistance (Flexbuilder can learn a few things here...).
So as a summary:
Is Flex Builder only for convenience or absolutely necessary?
In other words: Can I compile a Fle app with a command line tool as well (similar to javac in Java) ?
"Greg Lafrance" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>I don't think there are any other IDEs.
Some people like FlashDevelop
"pxstein" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> So as a summary:
> Is Flex Builder only for convenience or absolutely necessary?
If you want the data visualization stuff, yes.