I wanted to go to Arizona, but I can only go to one conference a year,
and there are others that I should probably go to.
As for your comment about highly skilled programmers, I suppose
that may apply to non-bioinformatics-initiated programmers,
but to anyone who has been doing it awhile will probably find
the material covered to be a little too simple. I did find
that the examples were well written, generally using strict,
and using BioPerl where appropriate (that is,
after it has already gone over many parsing basics that would
be better handled through BioPerl--Gotta teach the new-comers
how it is done).