Developer Newsletter: London meetup, Fast Forward 2022, and composable architecture

We’re hosting a developer meetup in London on 26 October. Let's connect! We've also posted about composable architecture, content design & our Images API.
October 11, 2022



Hello friends!

We've been (and will continue to be) attending and sponsoring conferences around the world. So far, we’ve been everywhere from San Francisco to the Netherlands and on Oct. 26, we’ll be in London hosting a developer meetup. If you’re in the area, stop by! We’d love to connect in person.

In content this month, we’ve published several resources to help you learn about composable content, content design, and our Images API. Continue reading for links and additional details on all of the above! 

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Always look your best: WebP, source sets, and the Contentful Images API

Take a deep dive into WebP. Discover the benefits of using it, how it compares to other image formats, and how the Contentful Images API brings things together. Read the post.

Composable architecture and the power of customization

Learn about composable architecture, the benefits and challenges of using it, and how it can be used to build customization solutions for your Contentful users using Contentful. Learn more.

What is content design: the art of context and the science of usability

Content design is a rapidly growing concentration within tech. David Banks, formerly Contentful's Director of Content Marketing, defines the term and supplements it with an explanation of content design’s most important elements and where it fits with other content-centric disciplines. Here's the lowdown.

Developer Showcase Spotlight: Low-code examples of building blogs

Bulent Yusuf, Contentful Blog Managing Editor, provides a walkthrough of how he created Get Some Jam, a collection of Contentful blog starter templates using frameworks such as Gatsby, Next, and Remix. Make with the clicky.

Here’s a summary of what’s happening across Contentful.


Come meet us in the UK! After a long break, we’re hosting a developer meetup in London on 26 October.

The evening will begin with a round of lightning talks followed by deeper dives into targeted topics. There will also be a watch party for Fast Forward Live where we’ll announce exciting new updates, products, and more. RSVP for the London event on Meetup or Guild.

We’re also sponsoring React Advanced London on 21 October — if you’re there, come say hi! Then on 7 and 8 November we’ll be in San Francisco at the Jamstack Conf. Pop by our booth to grab a pair of our infamously comfy (and stylish) Contentful socks!

In past events, Contentful Developer Advocate Harshil Agrawal chatted with Cloudinary about his project GitHub Wrap and Brittany Walker (me!) gave a live demo of Contentful at Vue JS Forge. 

Last but not least, join us live on Twitch Tuesdays at 11 a.m. ET/5 p.m. CET for our Contentful developer livestreams. We’ll be building fun projects live, testing new Contentful features, and interviewing cool people. We’d love to connect!

As always, be sure to visit our developer events page to stay up to date on future events.

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Links we like

How HTTPS works (a cat comic)

Do you want to learn what HTTPS actually is? How HTTPS Works is a comic that teaches you just that via illustrated cats. It is a purr-fect way to learn more about the web.

The Dev Morning Show: Advocating for an Inclusive Future

Check out this episode of the Dev Morning Show where Cassidy Williams, Zach Plata, and Rizèl Scarlett discuss diversity in tech, open sources, and empowering developers.

Learn Accessibility

If you build for the web, accessibility should be top of mind. If you need a refresher on best practices, launched a new course on the topic, written by Carie Fisher.

Contentful changelog


Merge App

Merge changes, compare content types, and review conflicts within the Contentful UI using our new Merge app — no migration scripts needed!

Scheduling pages in Compose

Views and folders can now be programmatically managed using our Content Management API. Previously, they were only manageable through our web app. Learn how to create and update a view in our CMA reference documentation.

App Actions

App Actions is a new App Framework feature that facilitates automated workflows within Contentful and supports communication between multiple apps.

Apps across spaces and environments

Our new update for custom apps allows developers to install apps across multiple environments. It includes bulk installation, bulk uninstallations, navigation between app configuration screens, and the ability to query all environments where the app is installed.

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:

Senior Developer Advocate — Remote, United States

The Developer Relations team is looking for a U.S.-based Senior Developer Advocate to help grow, build, and support our developer community.

Backend Software Engineer - Javascript  — Remote, Germany

Join an ambitious backend engineering chapter team and help reshape the way people build digital experiences.

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 October!

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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