Happy New Year friends!
Now that 2022 has come to a close, we’re spending this month’s newsletter reflecting on all the fun we had this past year. From launching the Developer Showcase to introducing new features updates and participating in tons of events, there is a lot to cover.
Ready to rewind and reminisce?
2022 by the numbers
All through the past year, we kept busy building new features, expanding our tutorial library, and launching other resources to streamline and jumpstart your development of Contentful.
Here’s a look at what we accomplished in numbers:
28 new feature releases and updates across the web app, APIs, and App Framework
7,900+ custom apps created with the App Framework
56 entries published to the Developer Showcase
Community projects powered by Contentful
Let’s give a huge round of applause to all the projects built by our community in 2022. You created so many apps, tutorials, and videos highlighting how to solve problems with Contentful, and we've been delighted by all of them. Below are some of my favorite builds.
Round the World: Interactive Map Diary
Contentful devrel Alvin Bryan created “Round the World,” an interactive map diary using Svelte Kit and MapLibre GL. As you scroll through the entries of a travelogue from October 1878 to January 1879, the map updates its location. Impressive!
Web developer Dan Polant put Gatsby and Contentful together to create a website showcasing LEGO projects made by himself and his family. Gatsby Bricks is a real labor of love, and in this blog post he explains how he did it.
Conditional Fields App
Building Rise of the Robots with Gatsby and Contentful
Software engineer Paul Scanlon built a beautiful Gatsby and Rive-powered demo for animations to showcase creative Jamstack uses. The demo site is here, while he explains the process behind it in this blog post.
Visit the Contentful Developer Showcase for more exciting builds. You're also more than welcome to submit your own!
Contentful tutorials and resources
Last year we focused on creating content to help developers quickly get started with Contentful — here are some examples.
In 2022 we re-launched livestreams (like this intro to Svelte by Developer Advocates Harshil and Alvin). We experimented with other video content too (like this interview on Engineering team operations featuring two Contentful Directors of Engineering).
We created a ton of new starter templates. Most notable? Without a doubt our Next.js blog starter guide (complete with a dinosaur-themed video walkthrough), Remix portfolio website tutorial, and Gatsby starter guide.
Our favorite events
We loved meeting so many of you at in-person tech events. Between leading a music-themed workshop at Render ATL, staking out booths at JS Nation and React Summit, and co-sponsoring Jamstack Conf with Stackbit, it’s difficult to pick a favorite.
One event stood above the rest, however: our Contentful Meetup in London! Our devrel team left feeling inspired, having met and exchanged ideas with so many local developers in-person. Steve Ruiz, discussed designing arrows, Obinna Ekwuno addressed Jamstack, and Vercel gave a lightning talk on Next.js updates.
Fast Forward 2022
Finally, Contentful put on Fast Forward Live, a virtual livestream where we addressed the future of digital content and announced exciting updates. We followed this event with a four-city roadshow to Berlin, New York, London, and San Francisco (trust us, you’ll want to check out the recaps).
In 2023, you can definitely look forward to seeing us at tech conferences, local meetups, and at online events. Keep an eye on our developer events page for updates!
A year of feature releases
Here are highlights from some of our major releases the past year.
Design systems and APIs
Contentful Marketplace and App Framework
We introduced a few new faces to the Contentful Marketplace, including a Slack app for notifications, an update to our Netlify app, and a brand new Merge app to facilitate melding updated content types.
Check out our Changelog to see the full list of updates and new features.
Enjoy the rest of the month!
That’s it for this month! Visit the Contentful Developer Portal for even more news.
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