GraphQL Training

Our engineers have been working with GraphQL full-time since the earliest days and we have been teaching it since 2016. We were chosen as the training partner at the GraphQL Summit conference both years, and have trained teams like Ticketmaster and LoyaltyOne.

Our training is hands-on from the beginning to the end, and you will leave with a working app. We’ll show you techniques learned from our client work, guide you through advanced topics, and stay in touch after with one-on-one follow-up.

Enrollment is limited to 20 people.

What you will learn

We offer both an introductory and an advanced class, one day each, they can be taken separately or combined.

Fundamentals class contents

  • GraphQL and front-end-centric data management
  • An overview of popular GraphQL open source projects: Relay, Apollo, GraphiQL
  • Queries, mutations, schemas, and resolvers
  • Apollo server in a Node.js app
  • Managing GraphQL queries on the client using higher-order React components and Apollo
  • Merging a REST endpoint and database responses into a single GraphQL query

Advanced class contents

  • Creating a custom Apollo Link
  • GraphQL subscriptions
  • Batching & caching with Dataloader
  • Setting up server-side rendering
  • Skipping queries
  • Schema stitching
  • Monitoring & performance optimization of a GraphQL API with Apollo Engine

Both classes are totally hands-on; you’ll be coding right from the start. You’ll learn 10x more by doing than you would by watching PowerPoint slides.

We’ll build an app designed to cover all of the essential areas for building real applications with GraphQL, dealing with real-world issues that we’ve encountered working with large and complex apps for OK GROW!’s clients.

At each step you’ll be taught the concept, given the next goal and the basic outline of the solution, and you’ll work to build the next feature into your own version of the app with one-on-one guidance from the instructors.

Then we’ll regroup and explore the instructors’ solution (which you have access to on GitHub).

At the end you’ll have the full working app.


GraphQL Fundamentals - March 5, 2018 - Toronto, Canada

Advanced GraphQL - March 6, 2018 - Toronto, Canada

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The cost for the separate 1-day classes is $495 CAD each, or CAD$895 CAD for both.

There is an early bird discount of 30% for a limited time.

If you’re in Ontario there’s a government grant available, you could pay just $115! Click here for more info.

Team tickets are available at 30% off for 3 or more developers.

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Customized on-site training is also available for your team. For more info please get in touch:


OK GROW! office, 298 Dundas St. West, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Canada

What our students say…

I like the pace, the format, the staff/support and the interactivity…very well done.

– Steve O.

Loved the training! Really enjoyed the interactivity and hands-on nature of it. The checkpoints with git worked really well to help reset + reorient everyone.

– Adam M.

Awesome class, I felt like there was just enough gaps in the exercises to educate us on the topic but not overwhelm us. It was perfect. Not sure if this is a bad thing but I really wanted more. “

– Jason W.

I do back-end work, mainly in Java, but it was just SUPER to see both sides in the intro course, and using Node.js really is THE answer from a training perspective.

– Anonymous

Why take in-person training?

You can definitely learn on your own. But many people find that they learn faster and more deeply in a group learning environment. You’ll be exposed to tools, ideas and best practices without needing to sort through outdated and incorrect information.

Have you been meaning to learn GraphQL for a while? Maybe now is the time. Draw a line in the sand. Register now.

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Why take a course from us?

We’ve been building web apps with JavaScript for many years. We’ve been working with full-stack JS every day for years. Now React with GraphQL (Apollo) is what we use for all new projects.

About your instructors

Xavier Cazalot has been working with full-stack JS for years and GraphQL since its initial public release, and has significant training and teaching experience. He’s active in React, GraphQL & JavaScript open-source ecosystems.

Paul Dowman has been developing web apps professionally since 1995 and was an instructor at Bitmaker Labs in Toronto (acquired by General Assembly) where he helped set up the program.

Fine print: We make plans based on the enrollment and spend money in advance, so we can’t offer refunds after 48 hours. We know that things come up unexpectedly though, so if you need to change your plans after that then we would be happy to give you a credit for the next time we offer it (which is usually every couple of months).

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