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Mar 20, 2018

samdark

Releasing Yii 2.0.15 and database extensions with security fixes

Yii team released security fixes for framework and extensions. Details are in the announcements. Please update.

Mar 14, 2018

samdark

cebe/markdown 1.2.0 released

Carsten Brandt (@cebe) released new version of his markdown library that is used to render markdown in Yii including definitive guide and API docs.

Mar 14, 2018

samdark

Yii 2.0.14.2

A hotfix release was tagged yesterday. There are mostly 2.0.14 regressions and other bug fixes. No new features or intentional backwards compatibility breaks so it's safe to update.

Mar 3, 2018

klimov-paul

Yii 2.1 Early Access

Interested developers are welcome to try Yii 2.1 branch, which is already available for early access. It brings many new features and embraces PSR standards. However, it also brings significant backwards compatibility break. While it is not yet finished, it is already prepared for usage as a development platform.

Warning: Yii 2.1 branch is unstable and can be broken anytime, its current code may change dramatically before actual release. Do NOT attempt ot use it for the actual projects in 'production' stage, unless you are ready to deal with the consequences!

You can browse Yii 2.1 code at GitHub and install it using "2.1.x-dev" version for "yiisoft/yii2" Composer package.

Composer

In order to install Yii 2.1, you should specify version "2.1.x-dev" for "yiisoft/yii2" package in your 'composer.json' file:

"require": {
    "yiisoft/yii2": "2.1.x-dev",
    ...
}

Attention: since 2.1 Yii dropped its own PHP class autoloader in favor of the one provided by Composer. Thus you will need to configure "autoload" for your project at 'composer.json' otherwise PHP script will be unable to find classes declared at your project.

For example:

{
    "autoload": {
        "psr-4": {"app\\": ""}
    },
    "autoload-dev": {
        "psr-4": {"tests\\": "tests"}
    },
    ...
}

In case autoload for the project files is missing web application will trigger Yii application error like "Unable to resolve request 'site/error'".

Note that in 2.1 some former "yiisoft/yii2" package classes have been moved into separate repositories:

In case your project requires one of these, you should add corresponding packages to your composer.json. So in order get full equivalent of Yii 2.0 for 2.1, composer configuration should be the following:

"require": {
   "yiisoft/yii2": "2.1.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-jquery": "1.0.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-captcha": "1.0.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-rest": "1.0.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-mssql": "1.0.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-oracle": "1.0.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-maskedinput": "1.0.x-dev",
   ...
}

Most of the official extensions also have development branches compatible with Yii 2.1. The following composer configuration example will install all extensions available for 2.1:

"require": {
   "yiisoft/yii2": "2.1.x-dev",
   ...
   "yiisoft/yii2-debug": "2.1.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-gii": "2.1.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-swiftmailer": "2.2.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-bootstrap": "2.2.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-jui": "2.1.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-httpclient": "2.1.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-authclient": "2.2.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-mongodb": "2.2.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-sphinx": "2.2.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-imagine": "2.2.x-dev",
   "yiisoft/yii2-faker": "2.1.x-dev"
}

Basic code upgrade

Ensure that you code does not use any deprecated constructions like following:

  • Invocation of className(), e.g. SomeClass::className(). It should be replaced by native PHP ::class construction
  • Throwing or catching yii\base\InvalidParamException. It should be replaced by yii\base\InvalidArgumentException
  • Usage of yii\console\Controller constants, e.g. EXIT_CODE_NORMAL or EXIT_CODE_ERROR, for exit code. They should be replaced by constants provided via yii\console\ExitCode class.

Any DI object configuration should use '__class' keyword instead of 'class' for the class name specification. This affects DI container, Yii::createObject() and thus any application component specification. So former Yii application config like following:

return [
    'components' = [
        'mailer' => [
            'class' => yii\swiftmailer\Mailer::class,
        ],
        'mutex' => [
           'class' => yii\mutex\FileMutex::class
        ],
        'db' => [
            'class' => yii\db\Connection::class,
            'dsn' => 'mysql:host=localhost;dbname=myproject',
            'username' => '???',
            'password' => '???',
        ],
    ]
];

now should look like this:

return [
    'components' = [
        'mailer' => [
            '__class' => yii\swiftmailer\Mailer::class,
        ],
        'mutex' => [
           '__class' => yii\mutex\FileMutex::class
        ],
        'db' => [
            '__class' => yii\db\Connection::class,
            'dsn' => 'mysql:host=localhost;dbname=myproject',
            'username' => '???',
            'password' => '???',
        ],
        // ...
    ],
    // ...
];

Logging

At 2.1 logging has been rewritten according to PSR-3, which in particular allows you to use Monolog as logger for your project. Application component 'log' does not exist anymore. You should configure logger directly via Yii::setLogger() or using Application::setLogger(), e.g. 'logger' key in application config.

So former Yii log config like following:

return [
    'bootstrap' => [
        'log', // should be removed for 2.1
    ],
    'components' = [
        // should be converted to 'logger' for 2.1
        'log' => [
            'traceLevel' => YII_DEBUG ? 3 : 0,
            'targets' => [
                [
                    'class' => yii\log\FileTarget::class,
                    'levels' => ['error', 'warning'],
                ],
            ],
        ],
        // ...
    ],
    // ...
];

now should look like this:

return [
    // no bootstrap
    'logger' => [
        'traceLevel' => YII_DEBUG ? 3 : 0,
        'targets' => [
            [
                '__class' => yii\log\FileTarget::class,
                'levels' => ['error', 'warning'],
            ],
        ],
    ],
    'components' = [
        // no 'log' component
        // ...
    ],
    // ...
];

Caching

At 2.1 caching has been rewritten according to PSR-16, which allows your usage of 3rd party cache providers easily. In order to keep 'cache dependency' feature cache specification has been changed. Now any cache component should use yii\caching\Cache class (or implement yii\caching\CacheInterface), while actual cache storage is determined via Cache::$handler.

So former Yii cache config like following:

return [
    'components' = [
        'cache' => [
            'class' => yii\caching\DbCache::class,
            'cacheTable' => 'my_cache',
        ],
        // ...
    ],
    // ...
];

now should look like this:

return [
    'components' = [
        'cache' => [
            '__class' => yii\caching\Cache::class,
            'handler' => [
                '__class' => yii\caching\DbCache::class,
                'cacheTable' => 'my_cache',
            ],
        ],
        // ...
    ],
    // ...
];

Be careful: it may happen, that in case of incorrect cache configuration (e.g. using old one), you will not receive an immediate error, but just some latent incorrect behavior.

JQuery

As it was already said all JQuery related code has been moved to "yiisoft/yii2-jquery" package. This, in particular, includes yii.js, client-side validation for ActiveForm and filter handler for GridView. Without extra adjustments simple usage of ActiveForm or GridView widget will no longer provide any JavaScript code registration, and thus no 'fancy' client-side effects. You will need to attach 'clientScript' behavior to the widget in order to make it behave like before.

ActiveForm example:

<?php $form = ActiveForm::begin([
    'id' => 'login-form',
    'as clientScript' => yii\jquery\ActiveFormClientScript::class, // attach JQuery client script, enabling client-side validation:
]); ?>
...
<?php ActiveForm::end(); ?>

GridView example:

<?= GridView::widget([
    'as clientScript' => yii\jquery\GridViewClientScript::class, // attach JQuery client script, enabling filter auto-submit
    'dataProvider' => $dataProvider,
    // ...
]); ?>

Live example

In order to get more clear impression on Yii 2.1 usage, you may refer to the working project template, which has been already updated to 2.1 - ii2tech/project-template

Install via composer:

composer create-project --prefer-dist --stability=dev yii2tech/project-template yii-test 2.0.x-dev

Install via git:

# clone repo:
git clone git@github.com:yii2tech/project-template.git yii-test
# go to project:
cd yii-test
# get 2.0 branch:
git fetch
git checkout 2.0

In order to configure project and make it running run 'install.php' file:

cd yii-test
php install.php

Feb 19, 2018

blacksmoke26

Fresh Yii and extension manuals in various formats

Fresh pack of manuals in various formats: CHM, PDF, webhelp, MS Word.

Changelog:

  • Updated according to Yii 2.0.14
  • Bootstrap => 2.0.8
  • Httpclient => 2.0.6
  • Sphinx => 2.0.10
  • MongoDB => 2.1.5

Feb 19, 2018

samdark

Faker extension version 2.0.4 released

Yii team tagged Faker extension version 2.0.4. It containes small bug fixed and enhancements.

Feb 19, 2018

samdark

Yii development notes #20

Another issue of Yii development notes was posted summing up what happened in 2018 so far and giving some interesting links to check.

Feb 19, 2018

samdark

Yii 2.0.14

Yii team released 2.0.14 version of the framework. It's the last version of 2.0 with enhancements on board and there are many. From now on team will focus on 2.1.

Feb 16, 2018

samdark

Bootstrap extension 2.0.8

Yii team released another version of Bootstrap extension version 2.0.8 which both fixes bugs and makes small enhancements.

See CHANGELOG for details.

Feb 16, 2018

klimov-paul

yii2tech html2pdf and spreadsheet updates

Klimov Paul's yii2tech extensions got two releases.

First, html2pdf 1.0.2 got support for recent mPDF versions and adds support for boolean and array options for wkhtmltopdf.

Second, first release of spreadsheet was made. The extension helps you Texport data to a spreadsheet such as Excel, LibreOffice etc.