As a lead developer at Mutable Labs I was tasked to find a way to do recursive deletion in Yii. As I asked other developers and looked around the internet the usual answers all came up, use a plugin or use cascade delete at the DB level, but I did not want to do either of these.
I installed phpseclib because I needed to do some AES encryption in my project. After all the hassle of installing php lib, I found out that Yii already has a security module (securityManager). I finally decided to keep using phpseclib because it has one big advantage over Yii securityManager module, it does not requite mcrypt to be installed in the phpserver!
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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