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What type of technical conference sessions are most valuable?

Keynote addresses
5% (5 votes)
Panel sessions
3% (3 votes)
Technical sessions
59% (65 votes)
BOF (birds of a feather) sessions
10% (11 votes)
3% (3 votes)
I don't know
22% (24 votes)
Total votes: 111



would have been nice to add Hands On Labs to the question

why keynotes

I answered this question with JavaOne in mind.

That's why I answered "keynote" (I may be the only one), because, IMHO, technical sessions are useless for me. I prefer a good doc or written tutorial. And if those are missing, I shouldn't use the product/API in the first place. Furthermore, what I really want to learn in those conferences are the global company strategy, vision and road-map.
Will I finally get my properties/binding in Java with my nice lambdas so that I can use my open source JavaFX effectively :) ?

Olivier Allouch