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First Joint Meeting of Belarus Java User Group and Adobe Flash Platform User Group Featured Adobe and SUN Microsystems

More than 120 developers from several Belarusian cities attended the conference on Rich Internet Applications (RIA) development to learn about the latest tools and technologies from Adobe and SUN Microsystems.

Minsk, Belarus, February 01, 2009 --( On December 18, 2008, a joint meeting of the Belarus Java User Group and Adobe Flash Platform User Group was held with the support of the Minsk Institute of Management and Altoros Systems. Cornel Creanga, Java Technical Lead at Adobe, for the first time presented Adobe Flex in Belarus and spoke on its integration with Java back-ends, while Alexander Zuev, Technology Evangelist at SUN Microsystems, delivered the first review of the new JavaFX development platform for Belarusian developers.

Short review of the conference

The meeting started with the representative from Adobe, Cornel Creanga (Romania), presenting his review of the key capabilities of the Adobe Flex technology. He spent some time going over the programming language itself and the Adobe AIR platform, then demonstrated how to connect Flex with Java back-ends, JavaScript, and other Web technologies. Cornel also emphasized the importance of open source for Adobe products. After the presentation, Cornel gave out New Year’s gifts from Adobe: shirts with the company’s logo, DVDs, and some O’Reilly books.

At 20.20, Alexander Zuev, the Technical Evangelist at the Russian branch of SUN Microsystems, started his detailed review of the JavaFX platform, which was released on December 4, 2008. He explained the differences between JavaFX and Adobe Flex, demonstrated the capabilities of the new language, JavaFX Script, and spoke on the ways it interacts with existing Java programs. Alexander also covered the JavaFX development tools offered by SUN Microsystems, touched upon the company’s future plans, and answered all of the audience’s challenging and tricky questions. The most active participants were rewarded by Alexander with presents featuring SUN’s logo.

After the conference finished at 22.00, Alexander and Cornel along with a dozen other participants continued the discussion in a more casual setting in one of Minsk’s restaurants.

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Presentation and audio links

1. “Adobe Flex and AIR Platform: Integration with Java Back-ends”
Speaker: Corneliu Vasile Creanga, Java Technical Lead, Adobe (Romania, Bucharest)

Presentation #1 (2.2 Mb):
Presentation #2 (0.9 Mb):
Audio (50 Mb):

2. “JavaFX Platform and JavaFX Script: New Development Tools from SUN Microsystems”
Speaker: Alexander Zuev, Java Technology Evangelist, SUN Microsystems (Russia, St. Petersburg)

Presentation (1.4 Mb):
Audio (75 Mb):

About the organizers of the event

The Minsk Institute of Management, founded in 1991, is one of the leading institutes of higher education in the Republic of Belarus. Please visit for more information.

Altoros Systems, Inc. is a global software delivery acceleration specialist that provides focused outsourced software product engineering, independent Quality Assurance, and testing services to software organizations and information-driven enterprises. For more information, please visit

The Belarusian Adobe Flash Platform User Group consists of developers and designers interested in sharing experience, knowledge, news, and everything else related to Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, and Adobe AIR. More on BAFPUG:

The Belarus Java User Group was launched in late 2007 to bring together Java developers, Java users, and Java-driven companies in Belarus. To learn more about Belarus JUG, please visit

Contact Information
Belarus Java User Group
Alex Khizhnyak
(413) 306-4120

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