There’s quite a few conferences coming in the spring and if I’m lucky I might get the time and money to go to one of them. I have a feeling that the code4lib will be the one to go to. The organizer list alone is impressive. More info at: code4lib 2006 - code4lib. I have to admit that I haven’t hit up the IRC channel yet though. If you want to keep up on some of the code4lib bloggers then checkout Planet Code4Lib.