The day that I always knew would come has come. Today, I have probably opened and closed Flash Builder to write paid for production code for the last time. An experience that many fellow former Flex guys and gals have already experienced—some weeks and months ago. While many devs jumped off of the bandwagon as soon as Adobe quasi-abandoned it, if not sooner, I had clients and projects going on that were all dependent on Flex. I honestly thought I'd be using it for at least another 8 - 12 months.
I had one in progress project that was Flex-based. All new projects have been scoped and designed and architected for the "open web". Today, I made what are, as far as I know, the last changes to said project. I committed my changes to SVN, exported a new build for posting and quickly closed Flash Builder for what may be the last time.
Although I've known for some time that this day would come, it hadn't really hit me until now. For the last 5 years, I've been making a living mostly by creating rich applications using Flex. We worked so well together. We could almost finish each other's sentences, it seemed. While I've created for other platforms during that time, I always ended up coming back to Flex. I loved it and still love it. We had some great times together. I won't rehash the merits or arguments for or against Adobe's decision to do what they did with it. That's been done and redone.
What I will say is that Flex was a dear friend who, for reasons out of both of our control, can no longer be my friend. So, farewell, friend. I hope the afterlife treats you well. Who knows, maybe we'll meet again someday.