I started using Flash during the days of Flash MX. During those times, I was in no way a programmer, and didn't know a lick of code. I was given a job as a Web Designer, and basically dropped into Flash like a bad habit. Wow, did I find out that this was my calling in life. Within the month I was putting out some really cool (at the time) animations for the company I was employed. After that, I was given the task of editing Flash templates that the company bought for client websites. This is where I really started to learn about programming, which probably wasn't the best starting point as templates are most commonly poorly structured and an overall mess. With the help of many forum regulars over at Adobe Support Forums, I was really catching on, so much so that I started to become a regular helper on the Adobe forums (dzedward).
Over about 3 years of serious programming, it became a second nature, and I found myself loving being apart of the developer community. Along came ActionScript 3, and the rest is history. I was so amazed at the new language that I wanted to get started right away. Next thing I knew, I was programming large scale data driven web applications. The transition from ActionScript 2 to ActionScript 3 was extremely easy, it just made more sense. During all this time I had not heard of a project code named "Apollo", which is now known as Adobe's AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime). When I finally caught wind of the project, it was just being released in the beta stages of AIR. I then decided it would be really cool to make a desktop application, I mean, going from an uncompleted Mathematics major to building desktop applications was never in my "life plan". Along came "AIRTube", which was the first installment of what is now known as DeskTube. It was a pretty simple application, that allowed you to search then view YouTube videos, that's it. As Adobe AIR progressed, so did DeskTube, and its functionality. We're now at present day, and DeskTube is an unstoppable force. DeskTube is turning into a social networking experience of its own with DeskTube View (web interface - Beta) and DeskTube Launch (Beta - allows you to send a link to your friends which launches DeskTube to the video).
What the future holds is a mystery to me, however, I do know I'll be apart of the Adobe/Flash community regardless. The fact that I love spending time on forums helping out others, contributing to open-source projects, and coding is hard evidence to me that I'll be around for a long long time to come considering I'm only 22. That about sums it up, and I'd like to say, if you had the attention span to read this, thanks!