Im new to php programming

as part of my academics, Im building an e-commerce website

can you give me some tips on how to build robust site?

Initially, just get to grips with the basics by trying out tutorials and reading up.

Once you have those, yo make a site robust you could start looking at php frameworks; Zend, Symfony and MVC are some popular ones. Using one would make your site more secure, flexible and organised.

Also, take a look on the OWASP site, here, to have a look at the top ten risks to sites so that you can get an idea on how to prevent them.

Hope this helps!

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If you're implementing 3rd party code, which I assume you'll have to, with an e-commerce system, you need to get the basics of OOP.

the basics of creating a robust, secure site would require a few hundred lines of explanation and even more code examples. Search the web. OWASP is a good site.