News Letter - Dec 2013

Holidays are upon Us ...

As a result, I've got quite a few goodies for you this time.  

What's On the Blog

New Yii based Articles on the Blog


Using UTF-8 and libXML

Be careful when using UTF-8 and PHP's libXML ...

A quick tip when using Views to simplify Model requests

It's very easy to expect the Active Record object to do everything we need, to accomplish complex queries and make everything easy ...

Review of CodeLobster for Yii

I've seen CodeLobster mentioned numerous times on Social Media and forums, so was intrigued when I was asked to try it out.  Here are my findings ...

Hints and Tips

Testing emails on a WAMP Server

Have you ever tried getting an SMTP server running and hooked into a WAMP server running on Windows.  Here is a really quick and neat utility that will circumvent the need ... just for testing though, the Test Mail Server Tool

Jump to Page on a Gridview

Have you ever tried paging through 208 pages on a GridView?  There's a really simple little extension to enable you to jump to a particular page - MyPager

My "Beginning Yii" training course is still at a knock out price

Save 40% - introductory offer $20.99 / £13.19 / €16.19 / A$20.99
  • This video course is aimed an anyone starting Yii, whether you have previous experience with other Frameworks or whether this is your first framework.  You will be expected to know PHP and have have some understanding of Object based PHP development,
  • The course covers the basics of OOP and Frameworks and then takes you step-by-step through the development of an online Photo Gallery.
  • It covers the generation of the starting application using Gii - the Yii code generator
  • then we begin to customise the generated code to develop our application.
  • We look at automated testing tools using phpUnit and Selenium server and see how we can do all of this from within the Netbeans IDE.
  • We then progress the development, looking at database querying using the CActiveRecord object and the CCommand object
  • We look at forms and sub-forms and how to query related data models
  • Yii has a complete layout and themeing system and from the start we build a custom theme for our application and look at the different layers of page layouts.
  • We also cover logging, debugging and profiling SQL queries, looking at tools such as XDebug to step through php code line by line.
  • In the final chapter, we complete our development of the Photo Gallery and then see how to deploy our application.
  • Each chapter is made up of 5 or 6 videos and each video ranges between 3 and 5 minutes.
So within a couple of hours, you could be proficient in Yii!!

Need Help with the Course?
I've started a forum on my website for those that need help, or you can always email me.  I'll try to get back to you within 24hrs.
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