Making the best out of my visa-waiting-period in Germany, I had the chance to go to yet another European tech conference this past week (after having been to the Laracon and adaptTo earlier this summer). T3CON 2013 took place from October 29-31 in Stuttgart, Germany.

It’s the biggest TYPO3 conference in the world and it was a great opportunity to meet new people and to learn cool new stuff. For the first time, the three day conference was split up by themes. The first day was all about the ‘Community‘ and there were quite a few speakers with no TYPO3 background whatsoever. The second day was titled ‘Future‘. Finally, the last day’s theme was ‘Business‘.

There were quite a few talks about Neos and Flow, which in my opinion is something really exciting to look forward to (Neos 1.0 will be released on December 10th). Even though there are still some bugs and missing features, the system looks very promising and the GUI is simply beautiful.

Nonetheless, the TYPO3 CMS is still the main player and there are a lot of things happening there as well. Version 6.2 is scheduled to be released in December as well, featuring an improved file abstraction layer, responsive images, a reworked install tool, a distribution system and much more.

Jens Hoffmann presented the vision for 7.0, making the CMS more user friendly and intuitive, especially for beginners. User experience and user centered design seemed to be the focus of many of the talks. A lot of things reminded me about Adobe CQ/AEM (eg. personalized content, Granite UI, testing in mobile devices). As with the adaptTo and Laracon conferences, it was interesting to see the community’s interest in creating code that can be shared among projects (eg. with Composer).

A major difference at this conference from the other two I attended was that there were simultaneous tracks going on focusing on different topics (Non Tech, Tech, Outside the Box, etc.). Sometimes deciding on which talk to attend was really hard because they all sounded interesting. Although I wasn’t able to hear all the talks, it was nice to chat with the other attendees to hear what I missed. As usual with these conferences, the breaks in between talks and the social event (free food and drinks, yay!) were a great opportunity to connect to people and share experiences.

Thanks to all the people and sponsors (all-you-can-drink Red Bull… amazing) who made this conference possible. I had a great time and learned a lot.

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