Adobe has clarified the Flex 3 pricing and the good news is that The Flex SDK will remain free (not very surprising as it’s going open source). However, it won’t be much of an update from Flex 2, because the only real new feature will not be included.
Flex 3 is more or less nothing more than a new release of FlexBuilder. There is not much new in the framework, apart from the AdvancedDataGrid component. It is new and exciting and something that has been missing from the framework, but unfortunately it will only be part of Flex Data Visualization package, the successor to Flex Charting, and not of the SDK.
So, for me who don’t see the point with FlexBuilder (I’m not an IDE guy, I’m a TextMate guy), Flex 3 is quite disappointing. I don’t care for Flex 3 being open sourced (but it’s nice that it’s free), so there is nothing for me in this new release.
Perhaps we will see some new things before the final release, after all the current release is the first beta. And then there is the persistent framework cache in the new Flash Player, which is good news.
Update (2007-06-29) On The Flex Show episode 16 you can hear Matt Chotin, product manager on the Flex team, say that basically Flex 3 is all about the IDE and SDK and very little about the core framework (it’s in the first two minutes of the show), more or less confirming what I have written above.