Creative Contentful projects, community events, and TypeScript updates

Hello friends, and hello April!

From basketball to faraway galaxies and wine, we have an awesome lineup of creative Contentful projects to share with you this month! We also have a few product updates to share, including the beta release of contentful.js, with enhanced TypeScript support.

Let’s get into it!

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The apps of March: Basketball draft picks made easy with Contentful

If you’re a fan of basketball, you’ve probably participated in at least one March Madness fantasy league. Tired of tracking her draft picks in a spreadsheet, Contentful Solution Architect Aubrie Hill had the genius idea to use our App Framework to create a draft pick app.

A galactic guide to building a blog with Next.js and Contentful

Our own Lucas Stahl, senior developer marketing manager, created Stahlwalker Cookbook, a Star Wars-themed food blog using Next.js and Contentful. In this post, he details how he set up his first Next.js project with our starter, customized his project, and used Contentful to manage the content. 

Remix + Contentful starter blog

Remix, one of the newest JavaScript frameworks, is gaining popularity. If you’ve been planning to try it out, Marco Link, a Contentful Software engineer, has the perfect starter blog project — it features Remix and Contentful.

New to Contentful? Start building today with new hands-on courses for developers

We’ve launched two new developer courses in the Contentful Learning Center. Learn how to get started with Contentful with “Intro to Contentful for developers” then, learn about our CLI and APIs in “Managing content with code.”

Migrating Notion's marketing site to Next.js

Our friends at Notion wrote an excellent overview on how they migrated their marketing site to Next.js last year. Perhaps it can help direct your next migration!

How Vint.co is securitizing wine investing with Gatsby and Contentful

It’s fun to see how companies from different industries use Contentful. Vint is no exception. The wine investment platform recently spilled the tea (ahem, wine) on how Gatsby and Contentful support its website

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Events

Our calendar has been chock-full of planning, hosting, and attending various events. Here’s a quick round-up of the most noteworthy past and future happenings.

Earlier this year, Contentful’s Stefan Judis and Netlify’s Jason Lengstorf teamed up for a walkthrough on rendering content faster. Check out this in-depth write-up of their talk.

At the Jamstack Berlin meetup in February, Raymond Camden gave a stimulating talk on the three ways you can integrate search into Jamstack projects.

For those interested in ecommerce, check out our demo of a composable commerce solution featuring Elastic Path, Commerce Cloud, Algolia, and Contentful.

Today, Vercel’s Director of Developer Relations Lee Robinson and I will give a walkthrough of how to use Contentful and Vercel to create faster sites. Join us live or catch up later on demand.

On April 21, Contentful’s Product Marketing Manager Artas Bartas and Senior Software Engineer David Fateh will show you how enterprises use the App Framework to build powerful applications. After sharing the basics, they’ll guide you through popular development processes.

Visit our developer events page to stay up to date on other exciting events.

Links we like

Three.js ramen stand portfolio

Hands down, this is one of the coolest portfolios I’ve ever seen! Jesse Zhou uses three.js and Blender to transform their website into an interactive 3D ramen stand (yum!).

Your Zodiac sign as a typeface

One of my favorite steps with new builds is selecting fonts. In this Twitter thread, Accessibility Designer Anna Cook matches typefaces with zodiac signs. Do you think yours is accurate?

Carbon

I’m jealous of the amazing code images being shared on social media. It turns out, there’s this neat tool called Carbon that lets you curate aesthetically pleasing images of code.

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Slack and Netlify Marketplace apps

We’ve released a brand-new Slack app. Now you can publish a customizable message in Slack when an entry is created, deleted, published, or unpublished, but you can also customize. 

We have also updated our Netlify app. It is now able to trigger builds automatically, rather than manually, when content is published or unpublished.

You can install the Slack and Netlify apps via our Marketplace today! If you already have the Netlify app installed, it has automatically been updated. Link to changelog.

Improved create-contentful-app tooling and React hooks for the App Framework

The create-contentful-app CLI has been updated so that apps can be built with JavaScript instead of TypeScript, Yarn instead of npm or even from your own custom template. 

We have also released a new React Apps Toolkit, where we provide multiple new React hooks that abstract the most common use cases. That way, you have to write less boilerplate code!

Analyze and audit search results with a downloadable CSV

Content search results are now downloadable as a CSV. This means you can analyze results with your tool of choice. 

Beta release: contentful.js v10 with enhanced TypeScript support

We released contentful.js v10 in Beta with enhanced TypeScript support! This version lets you see the shape of your content within the text editor, plus it includes query type support and chained client modifiers. Here’s a migration guide to help you transition to v10. Link to changelog.

Come join our team!

If scaling products and working on busy GraphQL endpoints is your thing, let’s talk! Costa Coffee, Rapha, EA, and 1000s of other companies use Contentful daily.

As we scale to support the world's leading API-first content platform, we’re hiring for a Cloud Security Engineer (f/m/d) in Berlin, Germany. In this role, you'll secure our cloud environment and work with infrastructure and product teams to design and engineer infrastructure security features.

Curious to learn more about our Engineering teams? In the video above, CTO Paolo Negri gives an overview of team structures and the technologies we use to build Contentful. 

And check out our careers page to stay up to date on open roles — feel free to apply or make referrals. We’d love to have you on our team!

Take care and have a great month!

That’s it for April! Visit our developer portal for even more news. The portal also houses developer blog posts, videos, and tutorials. As always, feel free to contact us on Slack or Twitter to let us know how we can better support your awesome builds.

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