If you develop software on the Java platform there are compelling reasons for investing in Groovy and the numerous Groovy-based frameworks -- Grails, Griffon, Gradle, Ratpack, Spock, etc.
The purpose of this group is to cultivate a local community for learning and sharing about experiences with the Groovy and Grails ecosystem. The group is open to anyone, but it is oriented towards developers who want to learn how to build software better, faster, and have more fun doing it.
Since the Groovy community is much smaller than the Java community, we will aim to have meetings in a geographically central location (either in DC or inside the beltway in Northern Virginia).
Our meetings tend to be informal, and combine a focused talk with an open discussion.