It's hard to believe but Southwest Fox has been going for 13 years. This year is the 10th time Doug, Tamar and Rick have put the show on and Doug and Tamar spoke with me on the latest episode of the FoxShow to tell me about what they have planned (they even have a special discount for FoxShow listeners - go to the site for more details).
Doug made a great point about how in this age of Google where you can find a quick answer moments away, the real value of conferences is the ability to deep dive into a subject and speak with experts and other developers. StackOverflow may rock for finding those answers but it certainly helps to listen to something longer than a 10 minute answer about issues that you may be having.
The conference is coming up quickly - September 22nd-25th and there are both pre and post conferences and other vendor training sessions. Rick Strahl is bringing his West-wind Web Connection training to the show and Tuva Vinistky is offering a FoxInCloud post-conference as well.