Pete Mackie has been a software developer and publisher, first for ten years with a large corporation,and then founding his own company, Seaquest Software, some thirty years ago,which is still going strong. His recent development efforts were as a volunteercode committer for the Eclipse IDE and working on PHP-based web sites for smallstart-up companies. Pete stumbled upon Adobe's booth while attending EclipseCon2006. Wondering what Adobe was doing at an open source centric conference, hestopped at the booth and discovered Flex Builder running on the Eclipse IDE.Pete instantly recognized what Flex could do for RIA client/server applications.Rushing home, he installed the Flex Builder 2 beta and has been hooked on Flexsoftware development ever since.