So I've been busy making lots of modifications to my views/models/controllers - came to test the app and got a blank screen. Nothing in the application.log file so must be a syntax error somewhere... But which file?
The article Fixing extensions without modifying their code reminded me of another patching technique that I used. My conviction and a hard look on the web had led me to an article Redefine PHP class methods or class giving me a head start to do what I wanted: patching third party code without touching the original to allow easy upgrades.
When you're filling up a form of a CActiveRecord (using CActiveForm for example), usually you'll construct your code so that in case of validation error you'll get back the form with the error displayed back to you, typically when CActiveForm.errorSummary() is used. This is how its done by Gii.
Sometimes we need some complicated view to be displayed (such as generating complicated table). Most people suggest that in MVC the View must be as simple as possible (don't have too much loops, etc). So what we have to do is to hide away the complex code by putting it at somewhere else. The following are few places options to keep the function: