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ASP .NET MVC Conditional Validation RequiredIF Question with VB .NET Code

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Hello

I have question on ASP .NET MVC's Property validation with conditional validation.

I need to make a custom validation --- conditional validation, and I have two requirement
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1) if field A has value "Other", then field B is required.

2) if filed A has value "Other" or null(nothing) and field B is filled, then field A's error message will not be shown

How to accomplish this. Please note that the attached C# .NET code I got from this url:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/simonince/archive/2010/06/04/conditional-validation-in-mvc.aspx

I translated this to VB .NET, but I get compile error, which comes from ViewModel where I state

 <RequiredIf("firstName", "Anna")> _
 Public Property lastName() As String
       
...
...
....
End Property
       
Private m_lastName As String  


The error shows me that too many arguments to Public Sub New

Why am I getting compiled error?

And how to translate this line of C# code to VB .NET?

 yield return new ModelValidationResult { Message = ErrorMessage };

If the above error gets fixed, my next question would be how to modify the code so that second requirement can be achieved, which is

if filed A has value "Other" or null(nothing) and field B is filled, then field A's error message will not be shown






VB .NET Codes:
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Imports System.Collections.Generic
Imports System.Linq
Imports System.Web
Imports System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations
Imports site.Helpers

Namespace site.Helpers
    Public Class RequiredIfValidator
        Inherits DataAnnotationsModelValidator(Of RequiredIfAttribute)
        Public Sub New(ByVal metaData As ModelMetadata, ByVal context As ControllerContext, ByVal attribute As RequiredIfAttribute)
            MyBase.New(metaData, context, attribute)
        End Sub

        Public Overrides Function GetClientValidationRules() As IEnumerable(Of ModelClientValidationRule)
            Return New ModelClientValidationRule()
        End Function

        Public Overrides Function Validate(ByVal container As Object) As IEnumerable(Of ModelValidationResult)
            Dim field = Metadata.ContainerType.GetProperty(Attribute.DependentProperty)

            '= Metadata.ContainerType.GetProperty(Attribute.DependentProperty
            If field <> Nothing Then
                Dim value As Object = field.GetValue(container, Nothing)
                If value <> Nothing And Attribute.TargetValue = Nothing Or (value.Equals(Attribute.TargetValue)) Then

                    If Not Attribute.IsValid(Metadata.Model) Then
                        'how to translate the below C# .NET line in VB .NET?
                        '  yield return new ModelValidationResult { Message = ErrorMessage };

                    End If

                End If
            End If


            Return container
        End Function
    End Class

End Namespace

VB .NET Codes
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using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.ComponentModel.DataAnnotations;

namespace ConditionalValidation.Validation
{
    public class RequiredIfAttribute : ValidationAttribute
    {
        // Note: we don't inherit from RequiredAttribute as some elements of the MVC
        // framework specifically look for it and choose not to add a RequiredValidator
        // for non-nullable fields if one is found. This would be invalid if we inherited
        // from it as obviously our RequiredIf only applies if a condition is satisfied.
        // Therefore we're using a private instance of one just so we can reuse the IsValid
        // logic, and don't need to rewrite it.
        private RequiredAttribute innerAttribute = new RequiredAttribute();
        public string DependentProperty { get; set; }
        public object TargetValue { get; set; }

        public RequiredIfAttribute(string dependentProperty, object targetValue)
        {
            this.DependentProperty = dependentProperty;
            this.TargetValue = targetValue;
        }

        public override bool IsValid(object value)
        {
            return innerAttribute.IsValid(value);
        }
    }
}
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ViewModel in VB .NET

<Required(ErrorMessage:="Specify first Name.")> _
        Public Property firstName() As String
            Get
                Return m_firstName
            End Get
            Set(ByVal value As String)
                m_firstName = value
            End Set
        End Property
        Private m_firstName As String

        <RequiredIf("firstName", "Anna")> _
        Public Property lastName() As String
            Get
                Return m_lastName
            End Get
            Set(ByVal value As String)
                m_lastName = value
            End Set
        End Property
        Private m_lastName As String



// So if the last name is Anna, first name is required
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I started down that path and ended up with a much simpler solution, IMO.

I use the standard annotations for simple single-field validations, like this:

        [Required]
        [DisplayName("First Name")]
        public string FirstName { get; set; }

I also implement the IValidatableObject interface on the model itself and put more complex validations in the Validate() method, which is automatically called by the MVC framework. I didn't need custom validators. The less odd-ball code you need to write like that, the better and it seems like every example you find out there doesn't work quite right or isn't exactly what you need.


#region Validations

        public virtual IEnumerable<ValidationResult> Validate(ValidationContext validationContext)
        {
            // If the selected "Other", ensure they entered something in the "other" field
            if (HowDidYouHear == DROP_DOWN_OTHER_SELECTED_LABEL && string.IsNullOrEmpty(HowDidYouHearOther))
                yield return new ValidationResult("x", new string[] { "HowDidYouHearOther" });

            // If the selected "Other", ensure they entered something in the "other" field
            if (FacilityType == DROP_DOWN_OTHER_SELECTED_LABEL && string.IsNullOrEmpty(FacilityTypeOther))
                yield return new ValidationResult("x", new string[] { "FacilityTypeOther" });
        }

        #endregion

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thanks.
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