The blog tutorial from the manual is probably the tutorial most use resp. used to make their first steps with CakePHP. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with CakePHP 1.2, if you follow the tutorial you will get notices and warnings. Not really a nice welcome :|
Ahsan wrote some time ago an article in which he explains how you can make the blog tutorial work with Cake 1.2. It is not a tutorial on its own, it is more a complement to the tutorial in the manual.
Yesterday, Thomas Diehl has published in his blog a “Blog tutorial for CakePHP 1.2” trilogy (in german). In the first part he introduces some CakePHP basics. Part two is very similar to the blog tutorial from the manual. And in the third part he extends the rudimentary blog by adding comments and writing a helper. It is a good start for german-speaking newbies who want to begin directly with CakePHP 1.2.