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Managing a star rating with the StarRating widget in Yii 2

Created 2 years ago by Kartik VHow-tos4 comments – viewed 9,247 times – ( +38 / -5 ) – version 2.0
In Yii 1.x, there was a built in widget CStarRating based on the jquery star rating plugin. There exists no prebuilt solution in Yii2, however the same concepts can be extended using any jquery plugin.

Managing your nested dropdown dependency with DepDrop widget

Created 2 years ago by Kartik VTutorials6 comments – viewed 17,964 times – ( +37 / -5 ) – version 2.0
If you are coming over to Yii 2 from Yii 1.x, you may have already read this useful wiki for creating dependent dropdowns. You can use a similar approach in Yii 2 to do the same. But if you are looking at a prebuilt solution that helps you manage it easier, read along.

Using your own forked version of extensions with composer

Created 2 years ago by Kartik VTutorials3 comments – viewed 7,475 times – ( +39 / -4 ) – version 2.0
So you want to use a fork of any existing vendor extension with your Yii 2 install and use the fork, instead of original source. This does not need you to push any update or register your package on packagist.org. You are recommended to follow the approach below:

Install specific Yii2 vendor extension & dependency without updating other packages.

Created 2 years ago by Kartik VTips0 comments – viewed 11,848 times – ( +40 / -6 ) – version 2.0
The tips here are for advanced usages of composer and its assumed you have read about using composer and have a knowledge of your vendor packages to be updated. Let's consider, you want to update only one specific yii2 vendor library, without updating all the other extension packages?

Locking your Yii 2 project package versions with composer.lock

Created 2 years ago by Kartik VTips0 comments – viewed 4,546 times – ( +37 / -4 ) – version 2.0
Ok, you have installed a Yii 2 basic or advanced app for the first time and completed the post install steps. You have picked up a few extensions to install for the first time as well. You would already see a composer.lock file in your application root folder.

How to store array/widget configuration to the database with config validation rules

Created 2 years ago by Kartik VTutorials0 comments – viewed 5,856 times – ( +39 / -4 ) – version 2.0
You may have scenarios, where you want to store a specific array configuration to the database. A classic example could be saving Yii widget configuration to the database and then retrieving it at runtime, with dynamic parameters set. This wiki discusses one of the approaches to do this. Let's consider you have something like the NavBar configuration below to store in the db:

My Own Components Folder in Yii2

Created 2 years ago by CTalaTips0 comments – viewed 8,270 times – ( +3 / -2 ) – version 2.0
In Yii1 I used to have my own components under the components folder of the structure, now with namespacing this is a little bit different.

FORM with GET method causes repeated stacking of URL Parameters

Created 2 years ago by Kartik VTips2 comments – viewed 19,428 times – ( +43 / -4 ) – version all
You are using an ActiveForm in yii (both v1.x or 2), with a GET method like below:

Yii 2 list of path aliases available with default basic and advanced app.

Created 2 years ago by Kartik VTips2 comments – viewed 63,182 times – ( +52 / -5 ) – version 2.0
If you are coming over from Yii 1.x to Yii 2, and already read this guide, you may note that namespaces are very important in Yii 2 to identify classes. But do you know the list of seeded path aliases that come shipped with a basic or advanced app? Here is my attempt to list them.

Handling tabular data loading and validation in Yii 2

Created 2 years ago by Kartik VTutorials6 comments – viewed 30,181 times – ( +44 / -6 ) – version 2.0
How do you read and handle tabular data submission via form in Yii framework 2.0? Sometimes we want to collect user input in a batch mode. That is, the user can enter the information for multiple model instances and submit them all at once. We call this tabular input because the input fields are often presented in an HTML table.