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Shortcuts for Yii framework v1.1


via Composer (recommended)

php composer.phar require svyatov/yii-shortcut '~2.0'

via download

Get the latest release and put Y.php file in your application protected/components folder.


Creating URL by route in a widget

// Standart code

// Y code

Get/set some cache value

// Standart code
Yii::app()->cache->set('user_settings', $userSettings);

// Y code
Y::setCache('user_settings', $userSettings);

The same with cookies

// Y code
Y::setCookie('user_settings', $userSettings);

Getting the value of CSRF token

// Standart code

// Y code

Inserting CSRF name and token in some jQuery request

// Standart code
$.post('/user/login', {<?=Yii::app()->request->csrfTokenName;?>: '<?=Yii::app()->request->csrfToken;?>', ...} ...);

// Y code
$.post('/user/login', {<?=Y::csrfJsParam();?>, ...} ...);

Quick variable dump with code highlighting

// Standart code
echo '<pre>';
CVarDumper::dump($testVariable, 10, true);

// Y code

Short action ending without template rendering (e.g. for AJAX requests)

// Standart code
echo $result;
// or
echo json_encode($result);

// Y code
// or


// Standart code
$this->redirect($this->createUrl('user/settings')); // the shortest example
Yii::app()->request->redirect(Yii::app()->controller->createUrl('user/settings')); // if we inside some widget

// Y code
Y::redirect('user/settings'); // you can use wherever you want, controller/widget, it doesn't matter

Detecting current user status (is he a guest or is he authenticated)

// Standart code
if (Yii::app()->user->isGuest) {} // is user a guest?
// or
if (!Yii::app()->user->isGuest) {} // is user authenticated?

// Y code
if (Y::isGuest()) {} // is user a guest?
// or
if (Y::isAuthenticated()) {} // is user authenticated?
// the code speaks for himself, it's more expressive and readable

As you can see, the amount of code becomes at least 2 times smaller. So you need to type at least 2 times less and you can read it and understand it at least 2 times faster.


  • v2.0.0 / 26.08.2014

    new Added new methods: module() and component().

    chg Removed protected method _getComponent().

    chg Removed method getRequest().

    chg Protected method _getValueByComplexKeyFromArray() renamed to getValueByComplexKeyFromArray() and changed to public.

    chg Methods getGet(), getPost() and getFiles() renamed to GET(), POST() and FILES() respectively.

    chg Method isAuthed() renamed to isAuthenticated().

    chg Method redir() renamed to redirect().

    chg Method flashRedir() renamed to flashAndRedirect().

    chg Methods redirAuthed() and redirGuest() renamed to redirectIfAuthenticated() and redirectIfGuest() respectively.

    chg Method hasAccess() renamed to checkAccess().

    chg Setters, getters and deleters for cache, cookie and session renamed to comply common pattern, e.g.: cacheSet() -> setCache().

  • v1.3.2 / 05.05.2014

    fix Composer autoloading fixed.

    chg Scope of _getComponent() and _getValueByComplexKeyFromArray() methods changed to protected.

    chg enhanced and style updated.

    chg phpDoc comments light reformat.

  • v1.3.1 / 28.09.2013

    fix Fixed urls to repo. No code changed.

  • v1.3.0 / 12.07.2013

    new Everything is translated to English.

    new Added LICENSE file.

    chg Updated composer.json file.

    chg Added second argument $options to cookieDelete() method.

    chg Added $secure and $httpOnly arguments to cookieSet() method. Besides, $value argument could be an instance of CHttpCookie class now.

    chg CSRF token name in method csrfJsParam() now quoted.

    chg Default $message argument value in flash() method changed to 'false' so now there is a way to remove flash message by passing 'null' as $message argument.

    chg Added $params and $allowCaching arguments to hasAccess() method. It doesn't change previous behaviour but extending method abilities.

    chg Code refactoring.

  • v1.2.1 / 25.01.2012

    new Added method getFile().

  • v1.2.0 / 20.10.2011

    new Added methods: format, script, session, sessionGet, sessionSet, sessionDelete.

    new Added internal caching of application components.

    chg cookieDelete() method now returns the object of removed cookie (like the original method).

  • v1.1.5 / 29.09.2011

    new Added method dbCmd().

    fix Fixed errors in @since phpDoc tags.

  • v1.1.4 / 27.09.2011

    fix Fixed bug in cookieSet() method, which prevents setting cookie if there was no $expire argument.

    chg Cookie methods now use native methods of the CCookieCollection class.

  • v1.1.3 / 19.07.2011

    new Added methods: getGet, getPost, getRequest, getPdo, hasFlash.

    chg cache(), cacheDelete(), cacheGet(), cacheSet() methods now have $cacheId argument, which gives the ability to select different cache backends.

    chg Added $options argument to endJson() method, which gives the ability to pass options to native json_encode() function.

    chg More "magic" removed. Code refactoring.

  • v1.1.0 / 29.05.2011

    new Added methods: isAjaxRequest, isPutRequest, isDeleteRequest, isPostRequest, isSecureConnection.

    new Added changelog to README. README.markdown renamed to

    chg Removed almost every "magic" inside methods.

    chg Added $absolute argument to baseUrl() method, which gives the ability to get absolute URL instead of relative one.

    chg Added $default argument to cookieGet() method, which gives the ability to return value of $default variable if cookie with specified name doesn't exist.

    chg Added $default argument to param() method, which gives the ability to return value of $default variable if parameter with specified name doesn't exist. Also, method code refactored.

    chg Fixed and enhanced phpDoc comments.

  • v1.0.4 / 05.01.2011

    chg Code refactoring. Class uploaded to GitHub.

  • v1.0.3 / 16.12.2010

    fix Fixed bug in param() method.

  • v1.0.2 / 16.12.2010

    new Added method hasAccess().

    new Enhanced method param(). Now key could contain dot delimited string to access nested variables. For example: 'site.title' returns value at param['site']['title']. Thanks for idea to sergebezborodov.

    chg Code refactoring.

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