Adobe Flex Builder 3 is a development environment for rich flex web applications and Adobe AIR cross platform desktop applications .At the same time ,Adobe ColdFusion 8 (.cfm) is server side coding language like ASP.NET and PHP .Adobe Flex Builder 3 Pro and Adobe ColdFusion 8 costs 250 $ and 1,299 respectively . But If you are a student developer /teacher , now you can download AdobeFlex Builder 3 Pro and Adobe ColdFusion 8 free with out any charges .
Adobe Flex is an open source framework for creating unbelievable web applications with great looks and robust architecture (Check out few examples ).Adobe AIR can run web applications on your local computer without the need of a web server .You might have used Twitter desktop clients like Twitdeck ,TWhirl which uses Adobe AIR technology .Now you can develop these Flex application without purchasing Adobe Flex Builder 3 . What you need is to confirm that you are a student or teacher by submitting a scanned copy of your identity card or letter from the head of your institution .
Download Adobe Flex Builder 3 Pro free .
Adobe Coldfusion is a costly alternative to open source server side coding languages like PHP and ASP.net
It is a very powerful software tool with tight integration to all above mentioned platforms . But may be because of the cost ,Coldfusion 8 not widely used by developers .If you are existing or budding ColdFusion developer, now here you have an option for getting ColdFusion 8 free of cost .
Download Adobe ColdFusion 8 free .