Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Adobe asks laid-off programmers to try Flex

Adobe, it seems, has a stimulus package of its own.

I've noticed that more than one Adobe Systems "technology evangelist" has been trying to entice the jobless on Twitter to try Flex Builder for free.

The tweets say: "Recently laid off? Looking to expand skills? DM me with your email address for a free license of Flex Builder."

The message has been circulated by @tpryan, @ryanstewart, @sjespers, and @ddura, all Adobe Flash Platform Evangelists. Variations of it have been circulated by other Adobe evangelistas. To wit:

@duanechaos took this approach:
Anyone want a free Flex Builder License? Applies to out of work developers only as part of an Adobe Stimulus package. Contact me offline.
@ashorten tweeted this:
if you know someone who's unemployed who'd like to get skilled on Flex then tell them to email shorten at adobe.com and I'll help
@mcorlan, an Adobe evangelist in Romania, posted:
If you have been laid of and are looking to learn Flex, please email or DM me.
Disclosure: I retweeted one of the original messages myself the first time I saw it, thinking it was just one nice Adobe guy's act of kindness. Then it turned out to be two nice Adobe guys. Then three nice Adobe guys. Then four. Then five. Then six.

I don't know. I guess it's good that Adobe lets evangelists comp people on Flex Builder; and I guess it's good that Flexvangelists reach out this way to the recently-laid-off; but to exploit Twitter as an avenue for finding out-of-work programmers who might want to convert to the Flex religion? I don't know. I don't know.

Something about it creeps me out.


  1. Sorry to creep you out with it. I personally believe in this. There are Flex jobs out there that aren't being filled. There are programmers out of work. I can't hire anybody, I can't move billions of dollars around. This I *can* do. Yes Adobe gets a small benefit out of it. But it's called a win-win for a reason. -@tpryan

  2. Its a win-win, really. Other companies are offering more free training, we at Adobe are giving out free Flex Builder because it is something that can help people build a new skill and get a new job, and strengthens us. I wasn't involved with the program, but its brilliant IMO. @matt_m

  3. I would really love to hear you expand on why it creeps you out. Many developers follow me on Twitter and I am trying to help those who are out of work. No exploitation :)

  4. Anonymous10:21 AM

    I personally think this is a good thing. Sure, Adobe gets benefit of reaching out to new people and expanding the flex userbase, but I don't see a negative on this.

    As for "exploit Twitter", you've totally lost me. I'm sure you know that people write what they are doing on twitter. If they don't want people to know they have lost their job, they don't write it. If they do write it, they are reaching out to the community for help and support.

    Full praise to Adobe for trying to bring a small smile to the faces of those unfortunate enough to have lost their job in this crisis. I know I would be pleased if someone did the same to me in that situation.

  5. Anonymous7:06 PM

    I've had no luck on getting responses. Any licenses floating around out there?


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