Hi. This is first article with my Yii tutorial. I had to split it into more articles as there's limited length of texts on Wiki. So once you understand basics, you can read next article here: Yii for beginners 2.
So you want to use CForm (form builder), but need to preload dropdowns in a form? It's simpler than it seems.
You got your CFormModel, CForm and the actual Form, right?
Let's say you have the typical State -> City dependent dropdowns, so you would want to load the from with the State and City selected.