Macromedia Flex

Macromedia Flex has been released. This is a J2EE-based server that will generate Flash files from an XML-based language (similar somewhat to CFML) It has a lot of uses and makes the creation of Rich Internet Apps much easier for those of us that think in code instead of the traditional Flash GUI authoring interface. The downside? $12,000 (!) for a 2 CPU license. Lazlo Presentation Server offers similar functionality at a lower price point.