VB Email Check

Posted on 2014-11-13
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Last Modified: 2014-11-28

The product I am using has an Email test and I need it to check if an Underscore _ is used in the Customer Address and validate it but it always returns isValidEmail(CustomerEmail) as False

from the VB.Net Code

If EmailTemplates.Email.IsValidEmail(FromEmailAddress) AndAlso EmailTemplates.Email.IsValidEmail(CustomerEmail) Then
            If String.IsNullOrEmpty(AttachmentType) AndAlso String.IsNullOrEmpty(AttachmentName) AndAlso Attachment Is Nothing Then
                'There is no attachements
                EmailTemplates.Email.SendMessage(EmailTemplate.EmailBody, CustomerEmail, Nothing, Nothing, EmailTemplate.EmailSubject, FromEmailAddress, EmailRetentionPeriod, SourceSystemId)
                EmailTemplates.Email.SendMessage(EmailTemplate.EmailBody, CustomerEmail, Nothing, Nothing, EmailTemplate.EmailSubject, FromEmailAddress, EmailRetentionPeriod, SourceSystemId, AttachmentType, AttachmentName, Attachment)
            End If
        End If

It goes to a section in a File with a .cs extension

public static bool IsValidEmail(string email)

            bool isEmail = Regex.IsMatch(email, @"\A(?:[a-z0-9!#$%&'*+/=?^_`{|}~-]+(?:\.[a-z0-9!#$%&'*+/=?^_`{|}~-]+)*@(?:[a-z0-9](?:[a-z0-9-]*[a-z0-9])?\.)+[a-z0-9](?:[a-z0-9-]*[a-z0-9])?)\Z", RegexOptions.IgnoreCase);
            //make sure an email address was provided
            if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(email))
                isEmail = false;
                //use IsMatch to validate the address
                isEmail = check.IsMatch(email);
            //return the value to the calling method
            return isEmail;
Question by:Kevinfeening
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ID: 40442012
I havn't checked the code of yours, but .NET framework has a built in feature for checking email addresses. The MailAddress class checks the validity of the address on instantiation of the object and throws an exception if sth's wrong with it. You may additionally check for the _ outside of the function or within ...
Public Function IsValidEmailFormat(ByVal s As String) As Boolean
        Dim a As New System.Net.Mail.MailAddress(s)
        Return False
    End Try
    Return True
End Function

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Accepted Solution

it_saige earned 2000 total points
ID: 40443678
I corrected a problem with the regular expression, but there seems to be a piece missing in this puzzle.  I rewrote the IsValidEmail because I could not find where check was being defined at.

Example program -
using System;
using System.Text.RegularExpressions;

namespace EE_Q28561667
	class Program
		static void Main(string[] args)
			Console.WriteLine("Using the corrected Regular Expression");
			Console.WriteLine(string.Format("Is bill@microsoft.com a valid email address: {0}", IsValidEmail("bill@microsoft.com")));
			Console.WriteLine(string.Format("Is bill@microsoft a valid email address: {0}", IsValidEmail("bill@microsoft")));
			Console.WriteLine(string.Format("Is bill@.com a valid email address: {0}", IsValidEmail("bill@.com")));
			Console.WriteLine(string.Format("Is b_ill@microsoft.com a valid email address: {0}", IsValidEmail("b_ill@microsoft.com")));
			Console.WriteLine(string.Format("Is bill@m_icrosoft.com a valid email address: {0}", IsValidEmail("bill@m_icrosoft.com")));
			Console.WriteLine(string.Format("Is an empty string a valid email address: {0}", IsValidEmail("")));
			Console.WriteLine(string.Format("Is a null string a valid email address: {0}", IsValidEmail(default(string))));

		public static bool IsValidEmail(string email)
			if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(email))
				return Regex.IsMatch(email, @"\A(?:[a-z0-9!#$%&'*+\/=?^_`{|}~-]+(?:\.[a-z0-9!#$%&'*+\/=?^_`{|}~-]+)*@(?:[a-z0-9](?:[a-z0-9-]*[a-z0-9])?\.)+[a-z0-9](?:[a-z0-9-]*[a-z0-9])?)\Z", RegexOptions.IgnoreCase);
				return false;

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