Reflections on SymfonyCon Brussels 2023

Categories: Event Report Created by Susi Moog
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I had the opportunity to attend, and present at, SymfonyCon 2023 in Brussels. This was a fantastic event that brought together developers and enthusiasts of various backgrounds from all over the world.

It was an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in the Symfony ecosystem, share insights into TYPO3, and network with like-minded individuals.

 TYPO3 Association board secretary Susanne Moog visited SymfonyCon in Brussels, Belgium, 7–8 December 2023, as part of the Meet TYPO3 initiative. See upcoming Meet TYPO3 events.

Using Symfony Messenger Standalone (Without the Full Framework)

My session at SymfonyCon Brussels focused on the integration of the Symfony messenger component into TYPO3. It was mainly about the concrete implementation of this integration and its potential as a blueprint for others taking on the same task — using the messenger component without the benefit of the full framework. Various people from different communities (like WordPress or Drupal) came up to me throughout the conference and talked about their own approach to tackling the same challenge. It was nice to see that there are so many similarities in the challenges we face and the features we build. 

Highlight Talks

My personal favorite talks were:

  • Why open source still matters — and now more than ever by Ben Marks and Niklas Dzösch. This session from Ben and Niklas of Shopware was a timely discussion on the viability and importance of open source as a business model, especially under economic scrutiny.
  • Hands-on with LiveComponents, AssetMapper, Turbo & Stimulus by Ryan Weaver. Celebrating the third anniversary of Symfony UX, Ryan Weaver delved into the LAST stack: LiveComponents, AssetMapper, Stimulus, and Turbo. He showcased its efficiency and ease in developing dynamic web applications, demonstrating its real-world applications.
  • A serverless Symfony playground by Antoine Bluchet. Antoine Bluchet presented an innovative approach to running PHP in the browser using WebAssembly. He explained how this could potentially revolutionize the way we test and host Symfony or other PHP projects.

You can buy a ticket to catch-up on the recordings from all the sessions at the conference. 

Efficient Lunch Service

A remarkable aspect of the conference was how efficiently the organizers managed to serve lunch to over 2000 attendees. They provided sandwich packs that you could grab and go that contained sandwiches, salad, and a dessert in a box. The quick service ensured that everyone was fed without significant delays, allowing more time for networking and attending sessions.

Networking and Cultural Experiences

In addition to the technical sessions, it was great to get the opportunity to network with other developers from different platforms and backgrounds. It was also exhilarating to hear that nearly everyone knew or had heard about TYPO3. In the evening, we were invited to visit the Comics Art Museum in Brussels — and after the conference we took a quick peek at the Atomium. Our hotel was right in the middle of the city and the winter market was on — so we visited that and took lots of photos of Brussel’s beautiful scenery.

Looking Ahead

I am already looking forward to the next conference in Vienna. — Hope to see you there.