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Friday, November 16, 2012

events in Yii

If you want to use onBeginRequest and onEndRequest you can do it by adding the next lines into your

config file:

return array (
'onBeginRequest'=>array('Y', 'getStats'),
'onEndRequest'=>array('Y', 'writeStats'),

or you can do it inline

Yii::app()->onBeginRequest= array('Y', 'getStats');
Yii::app()->onEndRequest= array('Y', 'writeStats');

where Y is a classname and getStats and writeStats are methods of this class. Now imagine you have a class Y declared like this:

class Y {
public function getStats ($event) {
// Here you put all needed code to start stats collection
public function writeStats ($event) {
// Here you put all needed code to save collected stats

So on every request both methods will run automatically. Of course you can think "why not simply overload onBeginRequest method?" but first of all events allow you to not extend class to run some repeated code and also they allow you to execute different methods of different classes declared in different places. So you can add

Yii::app()->onEndRequest= array('YClass', 'someMethod');

at any other part of your application along with previous event handlers and you will get run both Y->writeStats and YClass->someMethod after request processing. This with behaviors allows you create extension components of almost any complexity without changing source code and without extension of base classes of Yii.

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