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I just wanted to make a note here on my findings, i tested this in my active record:

 

array('date_updated', 'default', 'value'=>new CDbExpression('NOW()'), 'on'=>'update'),

 

This only worked for the first update of the record but if i updated the recorded once again it failed to work. The only way i could get a record update time to update succesfully every time was by doing this simple trick.

public function beforeSave() 
	{
    	if($this->isNewRecord) 
		{
        	$this->date_created = new CDbExpression('NOW()');
    	} 
		else 
		{
        	$this->date_updated = new CDbExpression('NOW()');
		}
    	
		return parent::beforeSave();
	}

Most of the times things work in Yii but there are the odd ocassions when they don't. But regardless of that I am very happy with it. If i am wrong about this and you know the way you can happily tell me how you did it below.

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Well there is still the possibly that i am wrong but i did test it and that was what i found. You can try testing this for yourself on your Yii Example Projects coming up on the Yii Book and see if you get the same results. May be its because i was on a local server however that seems to be unlikely.

 

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Seriously sometimes i think i have a bad spirit going through my iMac, i mean one minute the code works then the next minute it doesn't, then it does again. I can't find any logical explanation for such errors. I am working a problem since yesterday i spent nearly 5 hours now and i am getting random results which is making it hard to pinpoint an exact error location.

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Nah,

 

array('date_updated','default','value'=>new CDbExpression('NOW()'),'on'=>'update'),

 

This only works when you do the first update, but if you are to update a record again it will not work. So you are better of with:

public function beforeSave() 
	{
    	if($this->isNewRecord) 
		{
        	$this->date_created = new CDbExpression('NOW()');
    	} 
		else 
		{
        	$this->date_updated = new CDbExpression('NOW()');
		}
    	
		return parent::beforeSave();
	}

You could convert that to a tenary operator if you don't have other stuff you have to deal with. :)

 

Just managed to figure out one particular bug it took me 7 hours. In the end it turned out to be nothing to do with my new code but something in another model that was failing to update. This activeRecord.saveAttributes() function pisses me off, it returns you a boolean whether the record was updated but if you are saving a record that is not modified it will return false. Very misleading and cost me a lot of time.

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