TYPO3 Visits AFUP Day 2024 in Poitiers

Categories: Event Report, Community Created by Rachel Foucard
Poster with nine faces with names below, advertising the AFUP Day Poitiers
This year, the TYPO3 France committee is looking to increase its contacts with the French PHP community by taking part in forums, meetups and other events. With this in mind, we decided to pay a visit to our friends, the PHP developers at AFUP Day 2024, in Poitiers.

First of all, what is the AFUP? For those who don't already know, it's the French Association of PHP Users. The AFUP has been at the heart of the PHP community since 2000. AFUP aims to promote the exchange of expertise and the dissemination of knowledge within the PHP user community.

Rachel Foucard attended AFUP Day 2024, in Poitiers, France, 24 May 2024, for the TYPO3 Association, as a part of the Meet TYPO3 initiative. Rachel is a member of the TYPO3 Association Board. See upcoming Meet TYPO3 events.

PHP Events Across France

The AFUP Forum is an annual event, and this year it takes place on 10–11 October at Disneyland Paris. AFUP day is a series of conferences held every year on the same day in different French cities. This formula brings together speakers and PHP users every spring. This year, 530 PHP enthusiasts were able to take part, and the four event sites were all fully booked.

So this was my first AFUP day, and I was really enthusiastic about the concept and the quality of the event. All the conferences I attended were really interesting, and yet they were all very different from one another, whether the subject (technical or not at all), the level of expertise (beginner or advanced), or even the speaker (young developer or senior). For example, 

  • James Hemery showed us that it's possible to develop a desktop application (yes!) in PHP
  • Arnaud Langlade gave us a very educational explanation of hexagonal architecture and CQRS
  • Julien Deroses talked to us about communication techniques and magic (and even performed some bluffing magic tricks!)
  • Marion Hurteau introduced us to the charms of character strings. 

Speaking of the last talk, I have to admit I wasn't sure I'd be interested in such a subject, but when in doubt I said to myself, “why not!” Well, I loved it, and I'm not just saying that because the speaker was a woman, it was funny, subtle and fascinating. 

Rich in Exchanges and Discoveries

The Cobalt coworking space in the center of Poitiers was the ideal choice for this event. It was in a pleasant, bright patio where participants were able to exchange freely with superb grignottes. I couldn't resist snapping a photo of the poster on the patio's central wall, which puts across the important message of diversity in tech in a very amusing way:

Conversations between participants and organizers during the breaks were also very rich in exchanges and discoveries. For my part, I really enjoyed talking to the people in charge of the Tours AFUP branch. They convinced me to take part in the annual Forum, which is an excellent opportunity to get together with other members of the French TYPO3 community, and to exchange ideas with the rest of the PHP community. 

A big thank you to AFUP Poitiers for the excellent organization of this event, I confirm “AFUP Poitiers, it's the best!”

Additional contributors for this article
  • Copy Editor : Felicity Brand