Composable content, a trip to London, and Fast Forward Live

This past month we announced several major Contentful updates at Fast Forward 2022, and the DevRel team hosted a meetup in London. Let's take a closer look!
November 8, 2022



Hope you're having a great fall!

What a rush — October was both busy and exciting for Contentful. Fast Forward Live took place on October 26, where we announced several major Contentful updates (which we’ll get into momentarily). The Developer Relations team was also busy hosting a developer meetup in London. Outside of these events, we explored Developer Showcase projects and wrote about the ones that caught our eye over the past few months. 

Ready to take a closer look? 

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Unlock the power of digital content with the Contentful Composable Content Platform

Learn how Contentful is perfecting our composable content platform through orchestration, new workflow tools, and a customizable ecosystem. This post has all the details.

Introducing orchestration capabilities for the Contentful Composable Content Platform

At Fast Forward Live, we announced a collection of new orchestration features that will streamline workflows including updates to entry references, content modeling, and the App Framework. Learn all about it.

Introducing Contentful Studio: Freedom to do your best work

Contentful Studio is our newly launched tool built to help you coordinate creating, editing, approving, and publishing content across your business. This post introduces you to Studio and how it can be best deployed to liberate your content teams.

10 terrific Developer Showcase projects

It’s been six months since we launched the Contentful Developer Showcase and we're loving the submissions we've had so far. In this blog post we pull together ten highlights (which we think you’ll also like).

Developer Showcase Spotlight: Deploying flexible data structures with Contentful and TypeScript

If you’re trying to sync Contentful and TypeScript models in your projects, Jacco Meijer created a useful tool to help — it’s one of the many awesome projects featured in our Developer Showcase. Read all about it.

Airtable automation: How I streamlined submissions to the Developer Showcase

More on the Showcase: the volume of projects submitted to has been incredibly high, so much so that we had to streamline our workflow to process them. In this post, Developer Advocate Harshil Agrawal outlines how we use Airtable to automate repetitive tasks. 

Photo montage of events featuring Contentful.


Fast Forward Live

Fast Forward Live, our virtual event featuring Contentful execs, customers and partners, dropped on October 26. The 45-livestream was packed with talk of the next wave of digital content — and the announcement of new Contentful products. 

If you missed the event, grab some popcorn and check out our the recording. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Learn how a composable content platform like Contentful helps brands reimagine and deliver content. 

  • Listen to partners, like Splendid Unlimited, share how content and Contentful play an important role in their businesses. 

  • Discover the tools empowering teams to deliver content anywhere like Contentful Studio, the App Framework, and more! 

London developer meetup

The same day, the entire Contentful Developer Relations team was in London hosting a developer meetup. The group came together for the following presentations:

  • Steve Ruiz, founder of tldraw, discussed the programming and UX challenges he has faced when designing arrows.

  • Obinna Ekwuno, Javascript Developer and Developer Advocate, gave a talk about using the Jamstack to push boundaries on the web. 

  • We also had our friends from Vercel give a lightning talk on the latest Next.js features

It was amazing to see so many of you IRL —  we hope to be back soon.

Sponsored events

This month we also sponsored React Advanced London and had a blast meeting React developers in London. And by the time you are reading this newsletter, we will have just finished manning our booth at Jamstack Conf — stay tuned for a recap in the next newsletter!

Contentful developer livestreams

Join us live on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. ET/5 p.m. CET for our Contentful developer stream. We’ll be building fun projects live, testing new Contentful features, and interviewing cool people. We’d love to connect!

And as always, visit our developer events page to stay up to date on future events.

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Links we like

Zdog library

If you love animations, illustrations, or design, Zdog offers a great library to check out to create and render pseudo-3D models which you can render to your heart’s content. 

You Don't Have to Be a Manager

In this episode of “Women Who Code Career Nav Podcast,” Stacy Devino discusses career growth opportunities for developers beyond becoming a people manager. There are multiple paths for your tech career: You don't have to be a manager.

Responsive Animations for Every Screen Size and Device

In this post, Cassie Evans, walks you through how to make sure the animations you create for the web are responsive and usable across screens and devices

Contentful changelog


Introducing Contentful Studio

We've released Studio, a new editorial workspace in Contentful that allows you to automate various content delivery processes. This new tool not only streamlines creating content, it also provides greater power over workflows and governance. Read the changelog.

Create custom space homes with the App Framework

You now have the ability to create a custom landing page in your Contentful Space. Using the App Framework, you can enhance your space home page with a dashboard, visual workflow, or customized onboarding tool. Read the changelog.

Solving the bigger problems

Join our team!

If scaling products and working on busy GraphQL endpoints is your thing, let’s talk! Costa Coffee, Rapha, EA, and thousands of other companies use Contentful daily. As we scale to support the world's leading API-first content platform, we’re hiring for these roles:

Staff Backend Engineer - Berlin, Germany

As a Staff Engineer, you will drive engineering wide projects here at Contentful. Help us make the right technical decisions while we continue to scale.

Backend Software Engineer - Berlin, Germany

As a Backend Engineer. You’ll work with agile, cross-functional teams to solve problems that improve the end user experience. Plus, you’ll work with a modern stack that includes AWS, Kubernetes, Docker, GraphQL, and more!

Explore our careers page for other open roles — apply yourself or make referrals. We’d love to have you on our team!

That’s it for November!

Visit our developer portal for even more news. The portal also houses developer blog posts, videos, and tutorials.

Check out our Developer Showcase to see what developers have built with Contentful and to submit your own projects.

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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