I build this simple PHP class (DialogBox.php at the bottom of this wiki) to help you in the dialog box usage on Yii applications. The goal is run any Yii actions into this dialog box and return the resulting value to the calling instance.
There are scenarios when you work with DVCS (like Mercurial or Git) and CDbMessageSource. To my experience keeping the development database and production database in sync can be very time consuming. Plus, when working in a team, you never know when the database was updated.
As a lead developer at Mutable Labs I found that when using the Yii Bootstrap tabs component you will sometimes want to direct the user to a specific tab and not necessarily the first tab. Yii Bootstrap already provides the "active" variable so you can define whether the tab is the active tab or not in PHP. I generally find though that a PHP solution to this problem is rather cumbersome as every tab component will need the PHP code inserted or you will have to extend the tab component somehow to do it.