I had a chance to attend the NYC stop of CodeWorks 2009 (http://cw.mtacon.com/) tour. NYC was the last stop of the tour. It was a two day event with a tutorial on the first day (Sunday) and the main conference event on Monday with a closing open bar event sponsored by Microsoft. I attended the Monday portion of the conference. It included a lot of familiar faces and some of the core PHP developers sharing their knowledge and projects that they are working on. It was a lot of new content. I have attended a couple of PHP conferences over the years (PHP|Tek 2007 and PHP|Tek 2008). It's too bad that the conference was only one day. It was also great to see old friends and familiar faces from #phpc chat room over on Freenode IRC network. Also considering that this was the last stop of the tour many speakers were a bit tired and anxious to go back home and to their families.
Overall the sessions were packed with hard choices to decide which of three tracks to go to. I do apologize to the speakers of the presentations I couldn't attend. Overall I think the presentation schedule had a nice balance of various types of topics and speakers. It also included some of the NYC local NYPHP members presenting and attending. These included Chris Shiflett (http://shiflett.org/) and Mitch Pirtle (http://www.mitchitized.com/).
We don't have enough PHP conferences here in NYC. The schedule was rather packed with a lot of discussions happening in the hallway. Some speakers wrapped up their sessions and had to go catch a flight back home. I think overall this was a nice gathering and respresentation of NYPHP community.
The only downside was the Marriot Brooklyn location which is a good location to get to, but way too expensive for Brooklyn (I guess because it's so close to Manhattan?). Another big item was missing Internet connection. I was told that the price that Marriott wanted to charge for WiFi was way too expensive. This also limited some of the things that speakers wanted to show, but couldn't due to lack of Internet access.
Overall this was a great conference, albeit a bit too short. ;-)