Over the past couple of months, the Platform Evangelism team have been handing out free copies of Flex Builder 3 to developers who are out of work, the idea being that they could use their new free time to learn a new skill. We did not launch a full program for this, just a grassroots initiative thought up and delivered by your friendly Adobe Platform Evangelists. We were inundated with requests, and gave away hundreds of copies in the first few days. And it worked, fellow evangelist Duane Nickull gave a copy to a developer who recently told us that it helped him get a new job! But, the incredible response was also overwhelming, we literally could not keep up with all of the inbound requests. So, we brought in the platform marketing team to help, and now <drumroll> ...
We've just launched the official version of the Adobe Flex Builder 3 Professional for unemployed developers program. Accept the terms, fill in the form, and you'll be on your way to learning a new, and much in demand, skill. The program even includes an offer from Safari Books Online. They are providing developers with free 60 day access to an online version of the Adobe Developer Library, which includes some of the most popular books for learning Flex.
As much as I wish that no one would need this help or even be eligible, I'm also really pleased that we've been able to help our fellow developers already, and that we're now ramped up to help even more.
Please, spread the word!