This wiki is a step-by-step example explaining how the controller, model and the view's CGridView work together. It explains simple things - as well as more complex things that you will anyway quickly have to know. So, even if you don't use dynamic gridviews, take a morning off and thoroughly work through this tutorial. It should save you lots of struggling.
With Yii Framework 2.0, one of the many changes, that Yii 1.x developers will face is removal of all client helpers and revamp of the CClientScript functionality. For example no more CHtml::ajaxLink or Html::ajaxLink. How do you cater to such requirements in Yii 2.0?