Bedfordshire Chapter - Sparta Global Workshop

University Of Bedfordshire BCS Student Chapter  - Programming Workshop

On Wednesday 24 January 2018 staff from Sparta Global’s Training and Technology departments held a very successful Rapid Application Development workshop at the University of Bedfordshire. This was an exciting opportunity for the University’s students since it was the first time that Sparta Global had held this kind of practical workshop at a UK University.

The three-hour workshop attracted a diverse profile of students not only from the Computing School but from other disciplines as well. Despite the wide range of programming experience the excellent trainer, Stephen Reid, Head of Education at Sparta Global, managed to keep everyone fully engaged.

Through practical tasks students were shown how to combine some of the most modern tools and techniques to create powerful web applications in a fraction of the time. The focus was on open source technologies and rapid product development principles that help build in a day what can take others months. Most importantly students learned how to create something of value and to avoid “over-engineering”.

NodeJS / Express, HTML, CSS and Bootstrap were used to build a fully working application from scratch and it was clear why these languages and tools are useful for rapid prototyping and, thus, for reducing the time taken to market. This was a very commercially-relevant exercise, providing insights into real industry scenarios.

Feedback from the workshop was overwhelming and it is hoped that this will be the first of many more Sparta Global programming workshops at the University of Bedfordshire.

“Excellent event with good content covered and wonderful practical session. Motivated to learn more code.”

“The workshop was an excellent and very effective. The teacher, Stephen, was really hard working all through the session. I believe all of the students completed the development on the spot - some without any coding knowledge. It was a pleasure to be there.”

This workshop was organised by the University’s Careers and Employability Service and by the CST School’s BCS Student Chapter / Beds Computing SU Society.

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