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On 09.08.14-10.08.14 I was with my colleague Markus Günther at the TYPO3Camp Bremen. For me it was the first TYPO3Camp, since I am only recently active in this profession. The date is not quite correct, because the preparation for the TYPO3 certification was already carried out on Friday by the TYPO3 Association and many participants met on Friday evening in a bar or their beer garden. Markus and I were also there, he met many acquaintances and I met new people. The camp took place in the Schlachthof Bremen.
We started with the official greeting and the session planning. As always, each participant received a T-shirt to welcome them. The sessions were divided into 3 rooms which were sponsored by the companies artundweise, construktiv and team neusta and were each 60 minutes long. In the following I will list which sessions I have attended and write a little bit about each one.
Community session: Gina Steiner and Christian Müller told us how the TYPO3 Community and the TYPO3 Association are composed and how you can get involved in the community as a private person and/or as a company. Bug reports, for example, are a way of getting involved.
Self-organisation: From 2 p.m. onwards, Gina Steiner gave us tips and tricks on how to make your working day as efficient as possible but still enjoyable. In the form of to-do lists, you can increase your own efficiency, as you always have your tasks in view and thus get the "postponementitis" under control if necessary. But you should not overcharge yourself and work on the tasks according to importance in order not to get into time trouble.
Neos 1.1: In the 15 o'clock session Christian Müller gave a lecture about the development of Neos. Originally the project started in 2006 as a refactoring of the core of the then existing TYPO3 version 4 and was supposed to introduce new functions and standards. Did you know that our website is also based on Neos 1.1?
Neos Hands-On: After the 15 o'clock session we continued with an introduction to Neos. How to create new pages and news articles and much more was explained to us vividly.
Flexible Content Elements: Last but not least I was at the session of Mathias Krappitz on Saturday. He showed us how to design websites using Flexible Content Elements.
After 6 pm:
After the last session ended at 6 pm, I used the time to talk to a few people and wait eagerly for the really tasty smelling BBQ, which was ready from 7 pm. After that we sat together for a few hours.
Sunday started similar to Saturday with the session planning. One difference, however, was that the sessions started earlier that day.
Themes - Gridelements: It started at about 10:30. Jo Hasenau explained in the session this project, which is about putting together finished packages consisting of backend layouts and grid layouts with matching frontend output.
We set up projects: Marcus Krause's session was a discussion round in which I unfortunately could not get involved due to too little experience. But I took some suggestions for the future with me.
Remote Work / One project - several people: Florian Scholz, as an experienced remote worker, showed us the advantages and disadvantages of remote work in his session and had some tips ready to make remote work easier for office'ler with remote colleagues as well as for the remoties themselves.
TS Plugin incl. Fluid: My colleague Markus Günther was talking to a small group and answered questions about the TypoScript plugin we developed.
After 4 pm:
From 16 o'clock the challenge cup for the best session/s was awarded. Christian Müller won the cup (which, by the way, I assembled in the sweat of my face). Congratulations again for that. After the cup was awarded, the camp was officially over.
My conclusion of the camp is positive throughout. Although I am a newcomer, or just because of that, I have seen a lot of interesting lectures and got to know a lot of interesting people. I would also like to thank all sponsors, organizers and participants for the great weekend on behalf of Markus, and I hope that I have the opportunity to participate in a TYPO3Camp again.