Constructor Labs


Constructor Labs

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Constructor Labs is a full-time, 12-week full stack web development bootcamp in London, England. Students can acquire professional development skills at Constructor Labs by learning the fundamentals of JavaScript, React, Node, Express, command-line tools, version control, application deployment, pair programming, test-driven development, agile methodologies, and more. Rather than focus on long theoretical lectures, Constructor Labs prefers students to start writing code as soon as possible. As the course progresses, students will explore topics in greater depth, enabling them to build solutions to progressively greater challenges.

Prospective students should have curiosity, effective communication, and determination to succeed. Constructor Labs looks for students who want to know how things work, want to improve their skills and have the continued drive to always learn more. Applicants can fill out an online form, and those who pass the initial application will be invited for an on-site interview.

Courses are taught by experienced developer Dmitri Grabov, who has experience developing for large corporations like Bank of America, mentoring new developers, and understands what it takes to support junior developers in finding their first job. At the end of the course, Constructor Labs holds a Demo Day to show off student work to hiring partners and potential employers.

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    • Full Stack Web Development

      JavaScript, Node.js, Express.js, HTML, CSS, Front End, React.js, SQL, Git
      In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week12 Weeks
      Start Date None scheduled
      Class size12
      Students will learn how to build full applications from front end, back end, databases and deployment to production. The main technologies we cover are JavaScript, React, Node, Express, HTML, CSS, Git, SQL, Postgres and more. We use Test Driven Development and Pair Programming to ensure students have a comprehensive skill set which our hiring partners look for.
      Getting in
      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Prep WorkWe send all applicants some entry level JavaScript material to learn. The interview consists of a brief chat and a pair programming exercise.
      Placement TestNo
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      Constructor Labs offers an excellent three-month course in full-stack web development with JavaScript. As the curriculum progresses, students are taken through the concepts and fundamentals of vanilla JavaScript, providing them with a solid foundation for understanding the language in the context of real-world development and problem-solving. Version control with git kicks off the course, with debugging next, and then the basics of Web development. Software testing concepts follow hot on the heels of that, along with responsive design, communicating with APIs, and using and designing databases; then server-side development with Node, and app development with React and Redux. Group projects for the students follow thereafter. The pace is fast but the material is presented thoroughly, in a structured way that immerses the students. Each week introduces several concepts, and ends with a weekend project that requires combining them together and building upon the material from previous weeks. When it comes to using frameworks such as React, at all times the students are taught to -use- them but not -rely- upon them, so as to be equipped with a skillset and mindset that will serve them well for a career in development, where the ability to learn continuously and work flexibly is paramount. Work in the class largely takes the form of pair programming with other students, selected randomly each day to ensure that people at all different skill levels get to work together and support each other's learning. A range of inspiring, personable, and approachable guest speakers from industry also come to address the class every week on topics relating to career development, software and design principles, and more.

      The course leader, Dmitri, is an excellent teacher who goes out of his way to support the individual learning requirements of students on the course, who represent a wide range of personal backgrounds and learning levels. I'm somewhat out of the ordinary among the first cohort, having previously been a web developer some years ago in a very different technology environment and taking this course to bring myself up to speed with the state of the field in 2018 before returning to it as a career. As such, my prior professional experience gives me the perspective to see that Dmitri's course design and teaching philosophy are absolutely the right way to kickstart a development career for the students, with an extensive grounding in industry practice and realistic, no-nonsense, but welcoming and thoroughly enthusiastic outlook. I really can't recommend Constructor Labs any more highly.