We prepared ourselves intensively for the event in the weeks before the TYPO3 Developer Days. Right on the first day at 16:15, we held our first session. Together with many other developers, we wanted to play Hacker Jeopardy. For this, of course, not only the questions and answers had to be prepared, but also the hardware, such as the buzzers.
The TYPO3 Developer Days 2018 started on time at 13:30 with the opening session. Earlier, I drove with three colleagues from the company over to the youth hostel, where the event was held. At registration, we not only picked up our name badges but also received a T-shirt and a TYPO3 mug. Only later we noticed that each mug was provided with a single letter from the word TYPO3 so that the word could be put together from several mugs.
After Christian Kerschbaum told us a lot about the Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in his keynote, we were finally allowed to start our session ourselves. Since we had set up during the break, we were able to start almost on time with our Hacker Jeopardy.
The reason for the brief delay was the low number of spectators and volunteers at the beginning. The total of four rounds played ensured an exuberant atmosphere and fun. The winners of each round also received an original TYPO3 brand iron for barbecuing. The runner-up could win a USB stick, and the third a TYPO3 pin to wear.
Together we brought the day to a close in the evening with burgers and ice cream on the terrace of the youth hostel.
For me, the second day began together with two colleagues with an extensive breakfast in the restaurant of the youth hostel. As a result, we missed the teaser talks for the planned sessions in the morning.
From the total of five sessions in the morning, I decided to attend the session Feature-Rich CMS Architecture and Development with GO by Fedir RHYKTIK. From this, I took the basics for scripts with GO. In the afternoon the workshop should be continued and based on GO they wanted to develop a new content management system, but I eventually decided against it.
My colleagues Christian Spoo and Simon Schmidt and I retired to the nerd room in the afternoon. We used the time until dinner to develop a new extension for authentication and authorization using OAuth for the TYPO3 backend. The five sessions scheduled for the afternoon were of interest to many people, but nothing new to us.
After dinner, the time had come. Punctually at 21:00 the Coding Night started. Many participants came together in the largest room for the Coding Night to work together on the TYPO3 Core or on other exciting projects. At the same time it was also an opportunity to meet many new developers. As one of the sponsors of the Coding Night, we had prepared small matching stickers in advance. For example, every developer who attended the Coding Night could pick up the "Coding Night" sticker from us. We also had stickers for "Code Review", "Core Commit" or "Wrote Patch". The last sticker was given to those who stayed until after midnight.
Get more stickers at the @t3dd coding night! @teh_plague@Zenobio93@cfroitzheim@ISchmitt@sfsmfc will hand them out.
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— Marketing Factory (@mfc_dus) June 22, 2018
My last day at the TYPO3 Developer Days started again with breakfast in the restaurant while waiting for my colleagues.
After a look at the session plan, it was clear to me that also on Saturday, no session sounded interesting to me. For inexperienced TYPO3 developers or freelancers with many small projects the offered sessions might be helpful, but we already implement many of these topics in our company. So again, we decided to spend the whole day in the nerd room and continue working on our extension. This way, we were also always findable for people who wanted one of the desired stickers.
— Simon Schmidt (@sfsmfc) June 22, 2018
We made good use of our time during the TYPO3 Developer Days to plan, start and (to some extent) already finish the development of our new extension.
The location was typically equipped for a youth hostel and didn't offer many comfortable seats. The power supply was also rather difficult at one or the other place. The food was appropriate for the location, so in the evening, there was only a choice of two dishes (with and without meat). At lunch, there were no meat dishes at all. But you could help yourself to the ice cream machines (vanilla & chocolate) around the clock.
The sessions of the TYPO3 Developer Days were intended for rather inexperienced developers and freelancers. They dealt with the basics, like using Composer or setting up a development environment. I would have liked to see more sessions, e.g. on the architecture of TYPO3, for more experienced developers.
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