Trying to learn and help some other programmers to find their solutions on the Yii Forum (I think is a superb way to learn the framework), I was facing one challenge with an external library that a fellow programmer wanted to use -quite good indeed: PHPExcel. And what is PHPExcel?
To fix issues with display of special language characters once and for all
there's a solution: use Unicode UTF-8 everywhere. If everything is set up to use Unicode, you can use mostly every language in your application.
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/
For each column of the CGridView, we can specify name, value, htmlOptions, cssClassExpression etc. In the declarations of the attributes value and cssClassExpression we can use the "special" variable $data, for example like this: 'value'=>'$data->author->username',.
Now we might want to use $data in the declaration of the htmlOptions attribute, which is normally not possible, to generate for example the tag <td id="3" class="name_3">, where 3 is the id of the data model for the current row, i.e. $data->id. That is, we want to be able to use:
Here's a way to accomplish this...
A simple and effective way to keep track what your users are doing within your application is to log their activities related to database modifications. You can log whenever a record was inserted, changed or deleted, and also when and by which user this was done. For a CActiveRecord Model you could use a behavior for this purpose. This way you will be able to add log functionality to ActiveRecords very easily.