validate-obj

simple way to validate object

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What is validate-obj?

validate-obj is a javascript validation framework, easy to validate object or form, and is very easy to extend. validate-obj mainly for node.js server-side, but also work for front-end.
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Why I create validate-obj?

I started this project just because I cannot find existing one fits my requirements. There are many other validation projects, but many of them is very easy to end up code like the following:
var validator = require('validator');
var myUserForm = {
	name: 'John', // required, string
	email: 'Jonh@emailDomain.com', // required, email
	age: 27, // int
	gender: 'male', // male or female
	createdOn: '10/12/1987'
};

//Start validating
var errs = [],
if (typeof myUserForm.name === undefined) {
	errs.push('name is required');
}
else if (!validator.isString(myUserForm.name)) {
	errs.push('name must be a string');
}

if (typeof myUserForm.email === undefined) {
	errs.push('email is required');
} else if (myUserForm.email !== undefined && !validator.isEmail(myUserForm.email)) {
	errs.push('email is invalid');
}

if (typeof myUserForm.age !== undefined && !validator.isNumber(myUserForm.age) {
	errs.push('age is invalid');
}

if (typeof myUserForm.gender !== undefined && !validator.isIn(myUserForm.gender, ['male', 'female']) {
	errs.push('gender is invalid');
}

Are you tired of the above? How about we just simply do the following?
var v = require('validate-obj');
var myUserForm = {
	name: 'John', // required, string
	email: 'Jonh@emailDomain.com', // required, email
	age: 27, // int
	gender: 'male', // male or female
	createdOn: '10/12/1987'
};
var validationExpression = {
   name: [v.required, v.isString],
   email: [v.required, v.isEmail],
   age: v.isNumber,
   gender: v.isIn(['male', 'female']),
   createdOn: v.isDate
};

var errs = v.hasErrors(myUserForm, validationExpression);
It is beautiful, isn't it? and even we save this validation sytax object and reuse it.

How to install?

For node.js ```bash npm install validate-obj ```
For front end (coming soon) ```bash bower install validate-obj ```

APIs

Overview

var v = require('validate-obj'); //load the library, to make it short, I will not include it in the following examples

// target: the object going to be validated
// validationExpression: the validation defination indicating how to validate
// return value: null means no errors or array of error string
v.hasErrors(target, validationExpression)

To validate simple variables

v.hasErrors(1, v.isNumber) // ==> null
v.hasErrors('a', v.isNumber) // ==> ['it is not number']
v.hasErrors('male', v.isIn(['male', 'female'])) // ==> null
v.hasErrors('middle', v.isIn(['male', 'female'])) // ==> ['it must be one of (male, female)']

To override the error message

v.hasErrors('a', v.isNumber('age should be a number')) // ==> ['age should be a number']
v.hasErrors('middle', v.isIn(['male', 'female'], 'gender has to be male or female')) // ==> ['gender has to be male or female']
v.hasErrors('middle', v.isIn('gender has to be male or female', ['male', 'female'])) // ==> ['gender has to be male or female']

Validate with multiple validators

v.hasErrors('a', [v.required, v.isString])) // ==> null
v.hasErrors(undefined, [v.isRequired, v.isNumber]) // ==> ['it is required']

To validate array

v.hasErrors('a', [[v.isString]]) // ==> it is not array
v.hasErrors(['a', 'b'], [[v.isString]]) // ==> null

To validate object

v.hasErrors({name: 'john', age: 27}, {name: v.isString, age: v.isNumber}) // ==> null
v.hasErrors({name: 'john', age: '27'}, {name: v.isString, age: v.isNumber}) // ==> ['it.age is not number']

To validate complex object

v.hasErrors(
	{
		name: 'john', 
		orderNumber: 12345, 
		items: [{sku: 222, quantity: 2}]
	},
	{
		name: v.isString, 
		orderNumber: v.isNumber, 
		items: [{ sku: v.isNumber, quantity: v.isNumber}]
	}) // ==> null
	
v.hasErrors(
	{
		name: 'john', 
		orderNumber: 12345, 
		items: [{sku: '123', quantity: 2}]
	},
	{
		name: v.isString, 
		orderNumber: v.isNumber, 
		items: [{ sku: v.isNumber, quantity: v.isNumber}]
	}) // ==> ['it.items[0].sku is not number']

Validate logic which have multiple properties involved

var schema = {
	password: [v.isString, v.required],
	matchedPassword: [v.isString, v.required],
	selfCrossValidators : function(obj) {
		if (obj.password !== obj.matchedPassword) return 'passwords do not match';
		return undefined;
	}
};
v.hasErrors({password:'123', matchedPassword: '123'}, schema) // => null
v.hasErrors({password:'123', matchedPassword: 'a23'}, schema) // => ['passwords do not match']

// The selfCrossValidators can also be array like the below
var schema = {
        password: [v.isString, v.required],
        matchedPassword: [v.isString, v.required],
        selfCrossValidators : [function(obj) {
            if (obj.password !== obj.matchedPassword) return 'passwords do not match';
            return undefined;
        }]
    };

Extend your custom validators

  • With auto error message

v.register('isGender', 
	function(value) {
		return value ==='male' || value ==='female'
	}
);
v.hasErrors('male', v.isGender) // ==> null
v.hasErrors('middle', v.isGender) // ==> ['it is invalid']

  • With error message

v.register('isGender', v.build(
	function(value) {
		return value ==='male' || value ==='female';
	},
	function(name) {
		return  name + ' is not gender'
	}
));
v.hasErrors('male', v.isGender); // ==> null
v.hasErrors('middle', v.isGender) // ==> ['it is not gender']

Built-in validators

  • required
  • isDate
  • isBool
  • isString
  • isNumber
  • isEmail
  • isCreditCard
  • isIn
  • minLength
  • maxLength
  • isUrl
  • isBefore
  • isAfter
  • isObject

Progress

The whole framework is done, the only missing is not enough built-in validators. I will add more soon.