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Here is a step by step To-Do list for Yii beginners. The list is an advice of what tutorials and documentation you can walk through to get a full understanding of the Yii Framework. These can be a help to learn Yii.
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1. **Easy introduction**
Visual explanation is the best! So check the [screencasts](http://www.yiiframework.com/screencasts/). :) After that, read up on [Larry's easy tutorial series](http://www.larryullman.com/series/learning-the-yii-framework/).
2. **The Guide!**
The [Definitive Guide](http://www.yiiframework.com/doc/guide/1.1/en/index) is very helpful! Just walk through all pages from top to the bottom. _Tip: Also check out the comments on the bottom of the pages._
  After that, I recommend reading this tutorial: [Under the Hood of Yii’s Component Architecture](http://phpmaster.com/yii-under-the-hood-1/)
3. **Doing stuff**
Okay, now you should actually get your hands dirty! Either grab the [Yii Agile Web Application Development](http://www.packtpub.com/agile-web-application-development-yii11-and-php5/book#in_detail) book, or do the [Blog tutorial](http://www.yiiframework.com/doc/blog/). (Or both!) _Note: If you read the book, make sure you check the errata [here](http://www.yiiframework.com/forum/index.php?/forum/38-agile-web-application-development-with-yii11-and-php5/) and [here](http://www.packtpub.com/agile-web-application-development-yii11-and-php5/book). Also, this book uses Yii 1.1.6. The book takes you on a tour to make an issuemanagement system. Some bits don't work with later versions of Yii, so make sure to use an older version while learning Yii using this book._
4. **Got confused what's happening?**
You can trace all variables to the Yii Log to see what's in them. You can find more info here: [log&debug vars using CWeblogRoute](http://www.yiiframework.com/wiki/114/how-to-log-and-debug-variables-using-cweblogroute) Irreplaceable for everyone to see whats happening! This is the best trick you ever learn:
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