The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is an independent, not-for-profit association, dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the Microsoft SQL Server community. The I-380 PASS Chapter was formed in 2009 to support SQL Server users in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and surrounding areas. We meet the second Tuesday of every month, and we're working hard to develop a vibrant and interactive SQL community for Eastern Iowa.

Meetings are always FREE and food is provided, typically pizza. Please register to help us know how much food to bring, but feel free to come even if you decide at the last minute and cannot register ahead of time. Details about the meeting can be found below.

If you have any questions, please contact Ed Leighton-Dick (

Next Meeting




Object Relational Mapping for SQL Server Professionals

  • In-Person @ 201 S Clinton St, Iowa City, Iowa (map)
  • Tue, Feb 09 2016
    17:30 - 19:30 (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
  • Language: English

Dinner at 5:30p - Meeting follows at 6:00p

Please RSVP for this meeting using the survey to the right.

Featured Presentation:

Object Relational Mapping for SQL Server Professionals

David Thole, Application Developer University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

Do you ever wonder how developers in your company interact with the database server? Long-ish ago, it was standard to use straight up SQL, but now days ORMs (Object Relational Models) have become more and more popular. They aren’t perfect, though. This talk will give an overview of the history of database access, why ORMs are more popular, how changes to a database are scripted, and the positives and negatives (for both DBA and Developer) for the use of ORMs. There will be a small introduction to Entity Framework, as well as workflow discussions.

About David:
David Thole is an application developer at the UI College of Pharmacy. David spends much of his time in the .NET world, coding C# and F# solutions.


January meeting resources
Monday, January 18, 2016

David Klee's slides and scripts have been uploaded to our meeting archive page. 

Looking for session materials?
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Looking for session materials?  Check the Meeting Archive page!  We're uploading files we receive from speakers to each meeting's record.


PASS Summit Discount Code
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

If you're planning to head to PASS Summit in October, use our discount code!  You'll get $150 off your registration, and I-380 PASS will receive a $50 referral fee to use for our chapter operations.  Just enter code LC15HPP4 when you register.