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Dreamweaver form validation on unique fields

Posted on 2008-06-13
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This is an extension of the question in http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/WebApplications/Q_23153700.html

Similarly, I have created a form in Dreamweaver CS3 and used their validator functions. I have also created a database table via MySQL on the servers where the email field was set to accept unique values only. I am interested in knowing how to go about validating an UNIQUE email address and display an error message if the email address entered is not unique.

Thanks in advance
function MM_validateForm() { //v4.0
  if (document.getElementById){
    var i,p,q,nm,test,num,min,max,errors='',args=MM_validateForm.arguments;
    for (i=0; i<(args.length-2); i+=3) { test=args[i+2]; val=document.getElementById(args[i]);
      if (val) { nm=val.name; if ((val=val.value)!="") {
        if (test.indexOf('isEmail')!=-1) { p=val.indexOf('@');
          if (p<1 || p==(val.length-1)) errors+='- '+nm+' please enter a valid e-mail address.\n';
        } else if (test!='R') { num = parseFloat(val);
          if (isNaN(val)) errors+='- '+nm+' must contain a number.\n';
          if (test.indexOf('inRange') != -1) { p=test.indexOf(':');
            min=test.substring(8,p); max=test.substring(p+1);
            if (num<min || max<num) errors+='- '+nm+' must contain a number between '+min+' and '+max+'.\n';
      } } } else if (test.charAt(0) == 'R') errors += '- '+nm+' is required.\n'; }
    } if (errors) alert('The following error(s) occurred:\n'+errors);
    document.MM_returnValue = (errors == '');
} }

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by:Jason C. Levine
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Hi tubbycub,

Checking for the uniqueness of a value in a database cannot be handled by javascript alone.  The easiest way for you to do it would be to set the column in the table to be a unique index.  Any attempt to insert a record will generate a MySQL error and you would then trap the error and provide another message to the user.

The only other way to maybe do it would be to use Spry to autocomplete the field in question.  If the email address already exists in the table, the autocomplete would show the user that fact, but nothing would stop them from submitting.  You would still need the unique index in the table to prevent dupes.
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Yes, I noticed that if I try to submit an existing value, I will get a blank page with the following words

"Duplicate entry 'dupe value' for key 2"

So, how do I go about trapping the error and provide another message to the user?
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Jason C. Levine earned 125 total points
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If you look at the insert transaction PHP code, you will see a line like this:

>>   $Result = mysql_query($insertSQL, $connSAGES) or die(mysql_error());

that or die(mysql_error()) is the part that controls what happens on error.  Right now, the line tells the script to halt and display the mysql error message.

You can change the part after "or..." to do anything you want.
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by:tubbycub
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Thanks Jason again for the prompt response.

I get what you were saying but I am not very familiar with the PHP syntax. What I really want from the trapping is either for the browser to load up another html page or better still, simply display a line of text on the same php page.

Would you be kind enough to assist further on this?
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by:Jason C. Levine
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I'm actually tied up with paying work at the moment.  I'll try to find you another Expert who is willing to do the coding.
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No problem, will look forward to your reply soon.
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Thanks, I've figured out the rest of the codes.
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