setting public class property in Yii

In the controller (which is a class called MessageController), there is this code, which renders a “view” file named helloWorld and also sets an array where the variable $theTime is connected to the key ‘time’.

$theTime = date("D M j G:i:s T Y"); 


In the view helloWorld file, the key ‘time’ from the controller is displayed here through the variable $time

<h3><?php echo $time; ?></h3>

this works perfectly. However, the book also suggests trying another way. It says

I haven’t been able to figure out how to do this. Anyone know how

Maybe that means using in the controller:

$this->time = date("D M j G:i:s T Y");


And in the view:

<h3><?php echo $this->time; ?></h3>

A view is rendered as part of CController, so in your example, any class properties and methods can be accessed inside a view using $this.

class MessageController extends CController


    protected $time;

    public function init()


        $this->time = date("D M j G:i:s T Y");


//.. rest of controller code

in the view…

echo $this->time;