The Contentful developer newsletter: Summer of GraphQL

We are wrapping up our summer of GraphQL, but there’s still the whole month of September to tune in to our live streams!

GraphQL live streams 

Every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. PDT / 11:00 a.m. EDT / 5:00 p.m. CEST, our DevRel team and guests will hang out on YouTube Live to talk about GraphQL and answer questions.

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Past episodes

Missed a livestream? You can catch up on past episodes! 

  1. What’s your query? Contentful’s new GraphQL course. We started off by making a cake spin with GraphQL and create-react-app.

  2. Data federation using GraphQL with Hasura and Contentful. Our guest, Praveen Durairaju from Hasura, guided us through working with GraphQL in Hasura using content in Contentful.

  3. What’s your query? GraphQL and RichText. The team is back together, working with a RichText field to finish up our app in React.

  4. Everything you need to know about schema stitching. Khaled Garbaya is our resident Gatsby expert at Contentful — and he’s really fun to play board games with.

More episodes to come! Stay tuned and check out our calendar for more information.

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Exciting things from the internet

Error handling with GraphQL

This year’s GraphQL Summit was a lot of fun. My favorite talk was on error handling by  Sasha Solomon. You can catch it on YouTube or on Medium.

Great new Gatsby Egghead course 

It’s taught by our very own Khaled Garbaya, helping you build an advanced React app with Gatsby.

Build a Land Acknowledgement Text Line 

Learn how to build a land acknowledgement text line with Node.js, Twilio and Puppeteer by the legend Sam Agnew

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Awesome Contentful

We revamped our awesome list on GitHub. We're going to start fresh with a list of great community apps. If you have anything running, let us know by opening a pull request in the repository! 

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We'd love to see what you built. And, if you have requests for apps that should exist, feel free to let the community know by filing an issue in the project-requests repo.

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Awesome people making awesome things

Supercharge your JAMstack website with Gatsby, Contentful, and Netlify

Ishan Manandhar will help you with  simple steps on how you can create your next website or blog with easily integrated content management.

Gridsome, GraphQL and Contentful

Lucien Bénié has a tutorial on how to build a static website with Contentful and Gridsome

 Integrate Netlify, Next.js and Contentful

This is a great tutorial by one of our favorite Developers, Cassidy Williams

New video series by Hasura — featuring Contentful

Vishwa Mehta was an awesome guest on our last DreamStacks podcast and now she’s created her own video series. Check out her video and tutorial: Adding Contentful as a Remote Schema in Hasura.

Thank you for being awesome and part of our community!

If you build something that you’d like to share with the community, please reach out over email, Twitter or join our Slack org.

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The Contentful corner

Extensibility Survey

Have you ever built a UI Extension or Contentful app? We want to hear from you!

Fill out this developer survey so we can learn how to improve your experience with Contentful’s Extensibility APIs and the App Framework. It shouldn’t take more than three minutes.

Take the survey here → 

Content Modeling Workshop

Sign up for our upcoming online workshop with Sr. Content Solutions Architect Marcelo Lewin to learn how to build a well-structured content model for ecommerce.

GraphQL Playground

Stefan Judis created this GraphQL Playground app to use right in the Contentful UI.

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Contentful tip

Did you know that you can rename fields in Contentful? Be careful though — when you rename fields your source code has to be adjusted. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do to maintain a stellar content model. 

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Customize the appearance of editors

This release allows anyone to easily introduce new editors or override the default editor for a content type. These options are now configurable in the settings of a content type.

UI Extensions SDK v3.18 released 

We’ve added support for getting the current target state of an app.

Decreased in time to receive autosave events via webhooks 

The auto_save webhook will decrease from 20 seconds to 5 seconds.

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We hope you continue to visit our Dev portal, where you can read other newsletters, view our video series and join our Slack. Let us know via Twitter how we can continue to help you make awesome things.

Until then, stay safe and talk to you next month!

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