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Movie List Web Application

Create a full stack web application utilizing REST APIs from a large Movie database.

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8 weeks, 2-3 hours per week
No experience required
No experience required
Some experience required
Degree and experience required


Dive into web development with the creation of a Movie List System that offers users a platform to explore their favorite films. Through this project, you'll delve into React development, integrating RESTful APIs, and implementing essential features such as react hooks and asynchronous functions. By honing your skills in front-end and back-end development, you'll build a solid foundation that will I am sure encourage you explore more complex development.

Session timeline

  • Applications open
    March 11, 2024
  • Application deadline
    April 7, 2024
  • Project start date
    Week of July 8, 2024
    Week of
    April 22, 2024
  • Project end date
    Week of

What you will learn

  • Develop various React components for the user interface (UI), such as movie cards, nd search bars. They will gain proficiency in JSX syntax, component lifecycle methods, and reusable component design.
  • Develop a backend server using Node.js along with Express.js to handle API requests, perform server-side validation, and interact with the database. They will learn about the simple use of fetch requests to retrieve custom data. They will learn about RESTful API principles, asynchronous JavaScript (promises, async/await), and handling API responses.
  • implement client-side and server-side error handling and validation to ensure data integrity and improve user experience. They will learn about form validation, error messages, input sanitization, and handling various types of errors appropriately
Build Projects are 8-week experiences that operate on a rolling basis. Selected participants engage in weekly live workshops with a Build Fellow and 2-15 other students.

Project workshops

Introduction of myself and to React and Project Setup
Introduction and implementation of a React Component
Introduction and demonstration of states with React components
Fetching Data for API
Implementing Navigation and Routing
Implement Movie info page
Finalizing the Movie Rating System Project


  • Understanding of JavaScript: As this project will utilize JavaScript. It would be beneficial that students have a basic knowledge of JavaScript.
  • CSS: Students should have a basic understanding of styling using CSS. As users can style their views to their own needs.
  • Version Control with Git: Students should have a good understanding of Git and version control so they may track their project as it progresses.

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About the expert
Michael Danaher
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Michael is a Computer Science Fellow at Open Avenues Foundation, where he works with students leading projects in the field of Software Engineering & Computer Science.

Michael is a Fullstack Software Engineer at Adco Electrical where he works on creating fullstack applications to help the company streamline their internal processes to better improve productivity and precision.

Michael has 2 years of experience in Software Engineering. His prior experience was working as Frontend Engineer for an AI startup company called Altada. Here he learned much of the groundwork and tools that he applies daily in his current role.

He holds a bachelor's in computer systems from the University of Limerick.

A fun fact about Michael. He enjoys cooking and playing Hurling, which is one of Irelands national sports.

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