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SF PHP Community Message Board › free PHP Web App Security course (designed by CodePath & Facebook)

free PHP Web App Security course (designed by CodePath & Facebook)

user 44612262
San Francisco, CA
Post #: 31

CodePath, with sponsorship from Facebook & CapitalOne, is offering a free 12-week Web Application Security course at colleges & universities. The course expects submissions in PHP, and the coursework originated from the Facebook new employee onboarding curriculum.­

At City College, we're organizing this as a student activity, so no CCSF class to register for -- we're letting anyone who wants to participate, participate. The course will likely be Mon & Wed evenings, either 6:30-8:30pm or 7-9pm, at the Ocean campus of City College (Balboa Park BART station, plus there's parking on campus).

The estimated time commitment is 10-15hrs per week:
- two 2hr classes per week
- plus 5-10hrs outside of class reviewing the learning materials & completing the homework assignments

Since many members of the SF PHP Community are experienced with PHP, it'll be an opportunity to focus on modern secure coding practices.

If you're interested, then just sign up here & select "City College of San Francisco" as your campus:­

...then you'll received a confirmation email with the required prework:­

The deadline to apply is Fri Dec 30th, the deadline to complete the prework is Fri Jan 6th. The in-person, twice-weekly class meetings start the 3rd or 4th week of January.

If you have any questions, message me here in Meetup.



p.s. Additionally, a little bit about CodePath:

CodePath is a small SF startup that was founded in 2013, founded by Tim Lee & Nathan Esquenazi:­­­

They started offering free iOS & Android development bootcamps for professional engineers without mobile experience (to answer the question about how does this company offer "free" courses...initially the courses were underwritten by recruiting firms, and then by companies looking to secure a portion of the class seats for their developers, and now they work privately with individual companies which supports their public courses).

Presently, they get over 1000 applicants for each of their public bootcamps for professional developers & designers, only accepting 30 students into each, so the caliber of your classmates is outstanding. This is different from the "CodePath University" Web Application Security course I described above, where your classmates will mainly be college CS students.

However, if you're a professional developer or designer interested in learning about either Android or iOS mobile app development, check out their courses for professionals:

CodePath has a fabulous network -- over 2000 students have completed their professional mobile app development courses, and they work privately with a number of companies in the area -- and students who consistently turn in above-average submissions every week & who can pass technical hiring coding/algorithm screenings are definitely referred within their network. I believe companies like Facebook are sponsoring this, so they can diversify their hiring pools.

FYI, I don't work for CodePath -- I work for the city of SF, and am just helping to organize the "CodePath University" courses at City College -- I've just seen the quality that they are. As soon as I saw the "CodePath University" initiative, I knew I wanted to bring this opportunity to CCSF. We have room in the course for community members, so we're advertising this opportunity more widely. Feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested.

user 44612262
San Francisco, CA
Post #: 32
A separate Web Application Security course (CNIT 121) is taught at City College -- the Fall 2016 version just finished & all the materials are online, so you can go thru them at your convenience:


This faculty member, Sam Bowne, is a great instructor for security. The classes aren't too time-intensive, but really cover a lot of material. Starting Fall 2016, he's begun recording his lectures, but lecture slides & projects are in his older classes. Highly, highly recommend.

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