I can't address STP, but as a past STAR attendee, I can tell you that it is BIG and covers an enormous amount of material. I enjoyed it a lot, and - as I was the only attendee from our comany - squirmed at having to make choices between equally-appealing concurrent topics.
Apart from which, if you are from Sunny New Joysey, where would you rather attend a conference? NYC or Orlando?
The STP is in San Francisco in April. The NYC one was in 2005. But NYC's winters may still be warmer than SF's Summer - "The coldest winter I ever spent was the summer I spent in San Francisco" Hemmingway?
Anyway, STP is big too, but not sure if Star East tutorials and classes are more informative.
I too was then, and will be now the only one from our company attending. Since Performance is done by our Architecture group, I don't seek those lectures/classes out. That helps me decide.
You have to manage your own career and skill set. No one else will.
I would agree with Hemingway - I went to SF in July and had to purchase a sweatshirt as I found it cold and I was living in NJ at the time. It can really get cool around the waterfront when the sun goes down.
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