Alan, one of my development managers, and I attended php|tek last week. We had a great time in Orlando and learned a lot about PHP. Lots of great people were at the conference. We met with Rasmus Lerdorf, Scott Johnson, and John Coggeshall to name a few.
We found about half of the talks to be valuable. Each of these contained valuable nuggets of information on PHP internals, web services, and databases.
The other half of the presentations were very disappointing. Alan and I left a number of these presentations feeling that we'd be far more qualified and in some cases have given talks of more interest on these topics.
The most interesting part of the conference was the conversations between Alan and I regarding the architecture of IntelliContact, the way we can start to integrate web services into the application and enable our clients to utilize email marketing to the fullest extent.