When I attended the BeJUG session on the Play! Framework a few weeks ago, I was glad (but not especially surprised) to see how popular the session was. It’s been a busy few weeks since then, but in the meantime I’ve been thinking it’s time for a Belgian User Group for Play!.

I’ve already created a Google Group for it at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/play-be and sent out invitations to people that have expressed an interest. Initially, I plan to start it small and get a meet-up organised. Belgium is small enough that (in theory) no-one should have to travel too far.*

This is the first time I’ve ever tried something like this, so I’ll be asking various other user group founders for tips and hints to make the process as painless and smooth as possible. I’ll be blogging on the development of the group as more things happen, and will include any and all good advice I receive for anyone else who’s thinking of doing this.

Against some of the perceived issues that have arisen between versions 1 and 2, an explicit goal of this user group is to include Play 1, Play 2, Java and Scala – the key is Play, and not a subset of it.

* Of course, in Belgium, distance is measured in traffic density and not kilometers

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