How do you sell to the company management to send developers to user conferences? For now, lets just assume we'd opt for in-country conferences as a start.
Inspired by this, just how useful are programming conferences of various types? What do they offer that you can't get from just reading and researching subject online?
Whether as an attendee, a speaker, or a vendor I wanted to know what the unspoken rules of etiquette are at software conferences. Other than the blindingly obvious ones (like don't assault the winner ...
I'm curious if speakers (bloggers, google employees like Matt Cutts) get paid for speaking at conferences. If they do, how much? If they don't, or they get paid so little that it's as though they ...