I've been involved with PASS, once named Professional Association of SQL Server users, now just...PASS, since 2006 when I stepped up as president of SQL Server Italian User Group. Now that I moved to Redmond, WA, I'm still involved with it, but of course, I'm not leading the Italian User Group anymore.
Since I do really think that community activity is vital for an healthy and successful career, as soon as I noticed that the Application Development Virtual Group was not very active anymore I decided to offer my help and so here I am, I've just stepped up as new leader of that group, AppDev for friends:
The focus will be on the entire Microsoft Data Platform, so not only SQL Server, and the languages we'll try to cover are, of course C# and .NET in general and also, more broadly, any language that can interact with the Microsoft Data Platform. So Python (my passion!), Java, Ruby, F#, Rust, R....anything you can think of. Of course everything approached from a developer perspective. No administration here, no sir. Security? Yes. Performances? Sure, give me more! Best Practices? Absolutely! Everything that can be of interests to developers and architects will be in our scope (given that is somehow related to the Microsoft Data Platform, of course).
I've just started to contact some great speakers to start with the right foot, and the first just confirmed his support. Jovan Popovic, SQL Server / SQL Azure PM will present a session on JSON, one of the most requested and powerful feature in SQL Server 2016 and next:
Building REST API with SQL Server using JSON functions
Registration is free both to the seminar and also the the Virtual User group. You can find link to registration and additional info on UG homepage:
I recommend to register to both, so you won't miss a very interesting webcast (that will be recorded and made available on YouTube for future reference) and you'll also stay informed on the future activities that will be, I can assure you, just amazing!
And, last but not least, if you have a topic you want to present, just let me know.