Disclaimer: I can only vouch for my research fields, namely formal methods, semantics and programming language theory. The situation is possibly different in other parts of the discipline.
It seems that TCS has become rather conference-oriented. Researchers aim at publishing in the next conference. Sometimes a journal version appears. Sometimes it doesn't.
In other disciplines (biology, mathematics, and most others I guess) this is unheard of. The effort put into writing the conference papers is a lot lesser, but in turn, the conference papers count a lot less. The "real deal" is the journal publication.
Arguing whether this situation is good or bad could result in a flame war, and doesn't have a precise answer. Instead, let's try a more factual question:
How did we become so conference-oriented? How did conference papers gain so much weight?