So, instead of tweeting (with the 100s of other fanboys), I figured I would post a note or two (maybe 3) of my experiences at the conferences.
Monday Night User Group Meetup:
I only stayed for 2 of the speakers (more about that below). The topics included Ext 6 and the IntelliJ plugin. There will be much more detail about both of them at longer talks @ Senchacon, so I won't go into much detail except to tell you that the beta versions of both should be avail to download later this week. Also, being a SA user, there is NO integration between SA and the Intellij Plug in, so I will have to decide if using a full featured editor will outweigh the productivity enhancements that SA provides. (pretty sure I will stick with SA, assuming not ALL of the engineers have left the development team)
The food (and free, full bar) was most excellent
The speakers knew their topic, answered questions
The room was very long and very narrow and WAY more people showed up than they expected (hum, since you had to register for the user group to tic off you were attending, perhaps the organizer should have realized this.
The problem with the long, narrow room is that there was no sound system so those of us who were not lucky enough to get a seat up front had problems hearing (seeing the small screen from the back with squinting did sort of work