During my college years I participated in a class where I learned about Flash development. I had an iBook at the time, and I forked over $99 for FlashMX for Mac OSX. I learned quite a bit, and I enjoyed working with Flash. Eventually my iBook stopped working and therefore did not have any way to work with Flash without going to a lab. Eventually I graduated and the computer lab option disappeared. So I did some research on working with Flash on Ubuntu.
I found this article on using an Eclipse add-on called FDT to work with Flash. First and foremost I had to install Eclipse. I did this through the Ubuntu Software Center. The article recommended installing version 3.4.2 and listed a link to download that version of Eclipse. Ubuntu 10.10 Software Center installed Eclipse version 3.5.2, and I have not experienced the error message the author of the article wrote about.
After installing Eclipse, I clicked on the Help menu and choose Install New Software to install FDT. The next screen prompted me to enter a site. The article suggested using the site http://fdt.powerflasher.com/update, so I clicked the Add button on the right, entered the site, gave the site a name, and clicked Ok. The box below listed two versions of FDT: 3.5 and 4.4. I already had FDT 3.5 installed so I choose to install FDT 4.4 anyways.
After the installation finished I restarted Eclipse. After Eclipse reloaded, FDT asked for my license key. I did not have a license key because I did not purchase the software. I clicked on a link that took me to a page where I can register for a 30 day trial. Dead end. I wouldn't have a problem paying for the full version, but buying software does not fit the theme of this blog. I uninstalled FDT, and that is where this story ends.
I am looking forward to working with Eclipse. At first glance, Java seems to be the only language someone can work with. I will be adding more details after I work with Eclipse.