Ever wondered what happens if you do a request in your CakePHP application? Brandon Parise has drawn a diagram in which he shows in detail all involved steps to get from a request to the rendered view. It is ideal for those who want to know what’s going on behind the scenes, but too detailed for those looking for a high-level overview.
Diagram: http://www.cakecollab.org/lifecycle.png (this diagram no longer exists)
An alternative diagram can be found in the cookbook: http://book.cakephp.org/view/21/A-Typical-CakePHP-Request
Update 2008-12-19: Removing link to diagram which no longer exists, adding link to a similar diagram in the cookbook.