Fairly scathing critique, no?
My boat is more of the jack of all trades, master of none. In my day it's very often I'll handle some aspect of several different projects ranging from optimizing a HTML5/CSS3/jquerymobile site. Then work on a flash multimedia CD (yes our customers still require these) built years ago back in AS2. Then hop to tweaking lighting in a 3dsmax vray scene before prerendering the light calcs, then hope in after effects and adjust the lighting on the scene using them. After some random PHP library will need a tweak to handle a new field for an order form, database adjustments included. That'll require more graphics so hit up photoshop and illustrator (damn smart objects). I might jump back to a desktop RIA built in AS3 and Zinc4 to add a quick feature. Then finish writing a xml schema for an estimate on a new project. Then get a batch of movies encoding for the next project. Finally adding a bit more time on a music mix in sound booth. I also do obj-c and cocoa for native development although it's my weakest point at the moment.
Command line? I grew up in BSD, redhat and MS-DOS 3+. I do plenty of command line movie encoding for my popcorn hour C200. All those tools are command-line with at least two dozen options. Hell back in the 80s I used to hex edit command.com just to change "bad command or file name" to something more saucy like "wrong command asshole" just for fun.
Flash Builder is just one more tool in the dozens I use already. That's where it becomes a pain to learn yet one more thing. Luckily I love to learn and I'm perfectly willing to do it.
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I will be getting FB as this business is all about time. We sell our skills based on time. Luckily most the projects are easy and expensive. Only now as we start getting more mobile jobs am I seeking out the best route.
Lastly, the tool certainly does not make the professional. I can write MVC PHP in anything from notepad to eclipse and be just as happy, for a random example. This post serves the evidence I'm recognizing I cannot proceed with current tools. This isn't me shutting the doors on learning but just the opposite. I greatly appreciate wrappers like Starling because I do openGL ES in obj-c/cocoa when UIKit or Core Animation won't handle the effect I need in an app. openGL is not fun. It doesn't scare me, starting my programming 25 years ago in x86 asm, but frameworks are much appreciated. Time is money..