There are two approaches to converting an Artisteer theme. The first is to simply copy an existing Artisteer – based Yii theme, overlay the CSS and images, then make any necessary tweaks to the layout files. This is undoubtedly the fastest route, but won't teach you as much as doing it from scratch. That's ok. Sometimes getting the job done is the top priority. The second approach is more general and will apply to some extent to other HTML templates that you may want to convert. I'll be covering the first approach in detail, while the second will be more of a general discussion.
Something a good application cant miss is documentation, and what would be better than some nice formatted HTML documentation that can be auto-generated from your code, we know several tools that already do this like phpDocumentor, but today we are introducing Yii Docs Generator which is a modification of the code that Yii itself uses to generate its documentation, thank phpnode for this wonderful work.
So I've been busy making lots of modifications to my views/models/controllers - came to test the app and got a blank screen. Nothing in the application.log file so must be a syntax error somewhere... But which file?
I needed British (dd/mm/yyyy) formatted dates throughout my application but found it very difficult to find examples of how to do this - until I found this excellent forum post http://www.yiiframework.com/forum/index.php?/topic/3649-dealing-with-i18n-date-formats/
It's very common to see new Yii users confusing the relations HAS_ONE and BELONGS_TO, and getting it wrong means you won't get proper values back. And though we'll talk about HAS_MANY as well, we're specifically omitting the MANY_MANY relation because it's a whole different animal.