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Yii 1.1 Application Development Cookbook

Alexander Makarov

Over 80 recipes to help you master using the Yii PHP framework
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849515481
Paperback392 pages

About This Book

  • Learn to use Yii more efficiently through plentiful Yii recipes on diverse topics
  • Make the most efficient use of your controller and views and reuse them
  • Automate error tracking and understand the Yii log and stack trace
  • Full of practically useful solutions and concepts that you can use in your application, with clearly explained code and all the necessary screenshots

Who This Book Is For

If you are a developer with a good knowledge of PHP5, are familiar with the basics of Yii, and have tried to develop applications using Yii, then this book is for you. Knowledge of the object oriented approach and MVC pattern will be a great advantage as Yii uses these extensively.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Under the Hood
Using getters and setters
Using Yii events
Using import and autoloading
Using exceptions
Configuring components
Configuring widget defaults
Using Yii core collections
Working with request
Chapter 2: Router, Controller, and Views
Configuring URL rules
Generating URLs by path
Using regular expressions in URL rules
Creating URL rules for static pages
Providing your own URL rules at runtime
Using base controller
Using external actions
Displaying static pages with CViewAction
Using flash messages
Using controller context in a view
Reusing views with partials
Using clips
Using decorators
Defining multiple layouts
Paginating and sorting data
Chapter 3: AJAX and jQuery
Loading a block through AJAX
Managing assets
Including resources into the page
Working with JSON
Passing configuration from PHP to JavaScript
Handling variable number of inputs
Chapter 4: Working with Forms
Writing your own validators
Uploading files
Customizing CAPTCHA
Creating a custom input widget with CInputWidget
Chapter 5: Testing your Application
Setting up the testing environment
Writing and running unit tests
Using fixtures
Testing the application with functional tests
Generating code coverage reports
Chapter 6: Database, Active Record, and Model Tricks
Getting data from a database
Defining and using multiple DB connections
Using scopes to get models for different languages
Processing model fields with AR event-like methods
Applying markdown and HTML
Highlighting code with Yii
Automating timestamps
Setting an author automatically
Implementing single table inheritance
Using CDbCriteria
Chapter 7: Using Zii Components
Using data providers
Using grids
Using lists
Creating custom grid columns
Chapter 8: Extending Yii
Creating model behaviors
Creating components
Creating reusable controller actions
Creating reusable controllers
Creating a widget
Creating CLI commands
Creating filters
Creating modules
Creating a custom view renderer
Making extensions distribution-ready
Chapter 9: Error handling, Debugging, and Logging
Using different log routes
Analyzing the Yii error stack trace
Logging and using the context information
Implementing your own smart 404 handler
Chapter 10: Security
Using controller filters
Using CHtml and CHtmlPurifier to prevent XSS
Preventing SQL injections
Preventing CSRF
Using RBAC
Chapter 11: Performance Tuning
Following best practices
Speeding up sessions handling
Using cache dependencies and chains
Profiling an application with Yii
Chapter 12: Using External Code
Using Zend Framework from Yii
Customizing the Yii autoloader
Using Kohana inside Yii
Using PEAR inside Yii
Chapter 13: Deployment
Changing the Yii directories layout
Moving an application out of webroot
Sharing the framework directory
Moving configuration parts into separate files
Using multiple configurations to simplify the deployment
Implementing and executing cron jobs
Maintenance mode

What You Will Learn

  • Make internal Yii features, such as events and collections, useful
  • Get the maximum out of your Controller and Views and make them reusable
  • Work with jQuery, JavaScript, and AJAX the Yii way
  • Use "hidden" core Yii input widgets and write your own widgets
  • Make your application error-free using the TDD approach
  • Use Active Record efficiently
  • Utilize Zii components such as grids and data providers
  • Implement, package, and share your code as a reusable extension
  • Automate error tracking and understand the Yii log and stack trace
  • Keep your implementation secure, filter input, and escape output
  • Tune your application for best performance and learn general performance principles and Yii-related settings
  • Include non-Yii code, such as Zend Framework or PEAR, in your application
  • Simplify team development and manage Yii configuration in a very efficient way

In Detail

When Alex told me he was about to write a Yii cookbook about a year ago, I was wondering how original it would be, considering the fact that there was already an online user-contributed cookbook (aka. Yii wiki). It turned out Alex produced a book that is not only full of wisdom about how to use Yii effectively, but also presented in such a systematic way that it can be taken as an essential companion book to the definitive guide to Yii. In fact, Alex has successfully intrigued the interest of every member in the Yii developer team when he asked for review and comments on his newly finished book chapters.

As the founder and the lead developer of the Yii framework, I feel this book is a must-read for every Yii programmer. While this book does not describe directly the rules set by Yii, it shows how to program with Yii from a practical perspective. People who are driven by tight project schedules will find this book very handy as it gives ready-to-use solutions to many problems they may face in their projects; people who are already familiar with Yii will also find this book very informative as most problem solutions given in the book can be considered as officially recommended because they have undergone thorough review of every Yii developer team member. Alex, through this book and his active participation in the Yii project, proved himself to be a great programmer as well as a good writer.

Qiang Xue
Lead developer of the Yii framework

Yii framework is a rapidly growing PHP5 MVC framework often referred to as Rails for PHP. It has become a solid base for many exciting web applications such as and Russia Today's and can be a good base for your developments. Yii is an object-oriented, high-performance, component-based PHP web application framework. Yii is pronounced as Yee and is an acronym for "Yes It Is!".

Familiar with Yii and want to exploit it to its full potential, but do not know how to go about it? Yii 1.1 Application Development Cookbook will show you how to use Yii efficiently. You will learn about implementing shortcuts using core features, creating your own reusable code base, using test-driven development, and many more topics that will escalate your knowledge in no time at all!

Yii 1.1 Application Development Cookbook will help you learn more about Yii framework and application development practices in general with demonstrations of shortcuts and information about dangerous things you should not do.

Grouped in 13 chapters, the recipes will assist you to write your applications exploiting Yii core functionality to its full potential. The chapters are generally independent of each other and you can start reading from the chapter you need most, whether it is "AJAX and jQuery", "Database, Active Record and Model Tricks" or "Extending Yii". The most interesting topics include Yii application deployment, a guide to writing your own extensions, advanced error handling, debugging and logging, application security, and performance tuning.

Yii 1.1 Application Development Cookbook will help you utilize Yii functionalities completely and efficiently.


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