To extend the functionality of you web application relative to your requirements you are supposed to use existing yii core libraries or use external libraries. There are some steps to ensure security, uniqueness, modularity, performance and to avoid rework in future.
Its very common now-a-days to have Mobile app for web apps. For Mobile apps we need web APIs to fetch data or even post/update on web. We found a very simple method to make such interface.
Mobile App can call plain get or post request and receive data back in JSON format. JSON is relatively easy for mobile app to handle while plain standard GET/POST request for easy for Web server to handle. This mixed approach saves lot of time on server side. We not really need to handle actual REST requests and still be able to exchange data between web and mobiles or ajax java-scripts or even node.js.
After installing Yii basic application on our systems, most of the time we want to have multiple environment such as local, dev and live setup. Most of the times when we want to make changes to configuration file, we have to over-write configurations file for each environment.
Sometime its very important to perform many actions/operation with limited time frame for friendly use, select2 provides a lot of such functionality , I just extend it tags functionality to provide a quick use for developer to save time, as I spent much time on it.
By Integrating the Zend 2.* framework into Yii you can quickly and painlessly generate XML outputs from your controllers. This will be helpful to anyone who has never done this before or only done it with Zend 1 as the introduction of namespaces can be strange when you first view them.