Heard of SEVDNUG? Neither had I until a colleague, Mark, recommended one of their events (Aug meeting) which was going to cover ORM (Object-relational mapping). Since I came to Valley of the Sun in 1999, I've been to a few user group meetings in central Phoenix at the Microsoft offices (you been to the 14th floor, right?). I'm really glad that a splinter group has formed on it's own in another part of the Valley. It serves two purposes. One, it places the event(s) closer to where others live and work and two, additional topics can be discussed amongst the vast development community here. It would be nice if something formed on the west side, perhaps in Glendale or Surprise to serve that community too.