In a nutshell, the task at hand is to mark (or render) a model attribute in the typical "_form.php" view file with the 'required' red asterisk while this attribute is not marked as required in the model's rule() method.
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For one of my projects I needed an interactive console command in Yii 1, i.e. the one that is gathering all information from user in an interactive mode (a serie of questions and answers displayed directly in the console), ignoring command-line arguments at all.
Using a version control system, like Git, is nice. However, when building an extension from scratch and loading it via Composer, it adds a lot of pain in the butt steps. You have to commit your changes, update composer to pull them over, then notice there is an error, fix, commit, update. repeat.. I don't want all my baby steps under Git. Sure, I could edit my commit history, but c'mon. Just let me code! I will put it under version control once I get a baseline created. This guide will show you how to setup your composer.json to load a local directory (everything inside, live). You make a change, save the file, refresh the page, boom.
Countries sometimes change their laws pertaining to time zones and daylight saving times. This means that GMT+2 can be a different time this August compared to last August! However, by using php's DateTime class (instead of timestamps), we can do both "format" and "time zone" conversions on a single DateTime object (only 2 lines of code) for date, time, timestamp and datetime types - while php takes care of nightmares such as current and historical time zones and daylight saving times.