I'm now back home after attending PLDI Monday through Wednesday. Overall, I think it was a good experience, and it lived up to my previously-mentioned expectations.
The weather in Portland was great! Clear and sunny every day.
I was able to attend several really great student talks, present my talk, get some work done with collaborators, and still have a little bit of free time to wander through Portland.
It was pretty amazing being a part of FCRC. I couldn't believe how many researchers and conferences were there (2300+ people, if I understood correctly)!
Hopefully I will have an opportunity to attend PLDI again in the future! Thanks again to the NSF for the student travel funding.