CeBIT is the world's largest and most international computer expo. CeBIT is held each year on the world's largest fairground in Hannover, Germany. This year from March 6 until march 10. TYPO3 has been present for the past few years in the Open Source Park and now was invited to join a sponsored booth together with Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress and Magento.
Hall 6, where the booth was located, also brought more interesting requests then during other years. The crew of three till eight persons was occupied almost all day with people interested in TYPO3. The team saw different visitor groups visiting the TYPO3 booth and it seems a lot of different-sized companies will use TYPO3 for their upcoming projects. The team at our booth provided all necessary assistance to make sure the reasons for using TYPO3 where clear and were also not shy to point visitors to one of the other open source systems as a better fit for their purposes.
From March 19 – March 20 the TYPO3 Association met with the Board and the newly elected Expert Advisory Board. The Board meets every three months to discuss issues on their agenda. Public items can be found on the issue tracker: http://forge.typo3.org/projects/t3a-board-public/issues/
The EAB has had it's first meeting and needs to find it's working mode. A next meeting is planned in May in Basel.
About the EAB: http://association.typo3.org/expert-advisory-board/
FLOW3 conference F3X
FLOW3 is a web application platform enabling developers creating excellent web solutions. It gives you fast results. It is a reliable foundation for complex applications and will be the basis of the TYPO3 community's new CMS of which a first version is expected in October of this year.
The FLOW3 Experience 2012 (F3X) is the first conference about FLOW3 in the world. F3X was held from March 30 until March 31. The conference brought 170 attendants to the Kesselhaus in Kolbermoor. The talks were of a high qualitative level and mainly presented by leaders and members of the FLOW3 core development team.
This year the conference was in German only, but plans for next year are to go global and have English as main language.
Website (german only): http://www.flow3experience.de/
The relaunch sprint weekend was held from March 31 – April 2. A team of around ten people worked to finalise this effort that had been going on for such a long time and made the relaunch of typo3.org come true.
The website is still in a Public Beta phase. There are still quite a number of bugs that need to be fixed. In easy to use feedback tool is present on typo3.org so users / visitors can give feedback about the new website.
The new website sports a fresh new design and has the news section, previously on a separate server, integrated. Among the new functionalities are a snippets library, professional services listing and a new extension repository.
In order to guarantee maintenance of this big website the relaunch team has identified Fields Of Responsibility that need to be taken care of by agencies. The involved agencies need to sign an SLA with the relaunch team to make sure we are guaranteed of support when we need it. The list of maintainers will be published on typo3.org. We already have quite a few companies that are willing to back this up, but we can always use your support as well.
TYPO3 version 4.7
The release team had two beta releases in the month of March, gearing towards the final release on April 24. Besides the well-known Introduction Package there is a Government Package for this release. The Government Package is targeted at authorities specifically but might also be of value for other interested parties. It is tailored to the specific needs of public authorities websites. Initially the Government Package will be available in German only, but an English version is planned.
Project page: http://forge.typo3.org/projects/typo3v47-projects
FLOW3 and Phoenix
The Phoenix team members could work very little on the project. Hands and brains were deep inside FLOW3. A major achievement concerning Phoenix was the merge of the re-factored TypoScript implementation. One of the main issued the FLOW3 team tackled in March was development speed in FLOW3. A code sprint dedicated to speed resulted in some impressive improvements. The highlight regarding FLOW3 was definitely the first FLOW3 conference ever, the FLOW3 Experience 2012.
News from overseasThe Khmer TYPO3 User Group (KTUG) lets us know it has relaunched its website as well: www.typo3cambodia.org. KTUG meetings still take place once a month. In April and May 2012, the group is invited to visit two universities and provide workshops and tutorials to students and professors.
T3CON12 ASIAFrom August 17 to 19, 2012, the first TYPO3 Conference in Asia will take place in Phnom Penh. KTUG would like to meet you there.
Participation at BarCamp Siem Reap
For the first time, a BarCamp will be organised in Siem Reap end of March. Cambodian TYPO3 enthusiasts will present TYPO3/FLOW3.
More info on barcampsiemreap.org