I came across the Yii PHP framework and have been doing a deep dive working through a number of Yii tutorials to understand the Yii framework and development model. So far I’m extremely excited, the Yii framework is fully featured and there are loads of third-party modules to handle the edge cases. If all goes well, my plan is to build Maestro using Yii in a greenfield project, instead of an Achievo extension module using the ATK framework.
I bought several books on Yii and am working their tutorials as fast as I can type. So far I can recommend them all.
- Web App Development with Yii and PHP
- Yii Rapid Application Development Hotshot
- The Yii Book
- Yii 1.1 Application Development Cookbook
They have their own unique perspective, development environment, workflow and tool set components, which has been instructive, and Yii 1.1 Application Development Cookbook includes an excellent guide to the Zii component library.
I have also found the community-supported Yii Playground project, which includes functional demos of Zii components with code examples.
And now, back to the books…