Getting in (php) shape again



Hi all! I used to be a self-taught php developer (in the php5- php6 era).

I'm really looking for get in shape again in php, taking in count the cool php7 features. Do anyone have any course, or articles to be updated on php developement?

Btw, i'm also looking to start with a personal project, a web app (no mobile) , kind a basic (super basic) crm but oriented to manage plants, seeds, and that kind of garden-stuff. Is out there any really trust worthy place with information about web apps security? no just sql injection prevention, but also good design tips , etc.... ?

Cheers, guys!
That's great to hear that you're getting back into PHP development and planning to start a personal web app project. Here are some resources to help you update your PHP skills and learn about web app security:

  1. PHP Documentation: The official PHP documentation is always a valuable resource to stay updated on PHP features and functionality. The PHP website ( provides comprehensive documentation with examples, tutorials, and references for PHP 7 and later versions.
  2. PHP: The Right Way: "PHP: The Right Way" is a community-driven website that offers up-to-date PHP best practices, coding standards, and recommended tools. It covers various aspects of PHP development and provides guidance on topics like security, performance optimization, and modern PHP development practices. Visit the website at
  3. Laracasts: Laracasts is an online learning platform that focuses on PHP and Laravel. It offers a wide range of screencasts and tutorials covering PHP fundamentals, Laravel framework, and related topics. While Laravel-specific, many of the concepts and best practices discussed are applicable to general PHP development. Check out
  4. PHP Security Consortium: The PHP Security Consortium ( is a community-driven organization dedicated to providing guidance and resources for PHP security. Their website offers articles, tutorials, best practices, and tools for various aspects of PHP web application security.
  5. OWASP: The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a well-known organization that provides comprehensive resources and guidance on web application security. They offer a wide range of documents, cheat sheets, and tools covering various security aspects, including secure coding practices, authentication, session management, input validation, and more. Visit the OWASP website at
  6. Security-related Books: Consider reading books on web application security to gain in-depth knowledge. Some recommended titles include "The Web Application Hacker's Handbook" by Dafydd Stuttard and Marcus Pinto, "Web Application Security, A Beginner's Guide" by Bryan Sullivan, and "Essential PHP Security" by Chris Shiflett.
Remember, web application security is a vast and ever-evolving field, so staying updated with the latest security practices and vulnerabilities is essential. Following secure coding practices, using prepared statements or parameterized queries to prevent SQL injection, validating user input, implementing proper authentication and authorization, and regularly updating your dependencies are some fundamental steps toward building secure web applications.

Good luck with your PHP journey and your web app project!