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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 22121] New: - The "required" validator doesn't work with String[] (multi-selects)
Date Mon, 04 Aug 2003 21:49:13 GMT
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The "required" validator doesn't work with String[] (multi-selects)

           Summary: The "required" validator doesn't work with String[]
                    (multi-selects)
           Product: Commons
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Enhancement
          Priority: Other
         Component: Validator
        AssignedTo: commons-dev@jakarta.apache.org
        ReportedBy: shanebailey@netzero.net


The "required" validator doesn't work for String[] i.e. using multi-select input
types.

I fixed it locally on my machine, though, so here is what I did if you are
interested:

I changed the org.apache.commons.validator.ValidatorUtil.getValueAsString()
method from:

  public static String getValueAsString(Object bean, String property) {
      Object value = null;

      try {
         value = PropertyUtils.getProperty(bean, property);	
      } catch (Exception e) {
         log.error(e.getMessage(), e);
      }
      return (value != null ? value.toString() : null);    	
   }

to:

  public static String getValueAsString(Object bean, String property) {
      Object value = null;

      try {
         value = PropertyUtils.getProperty(bean, property);	
      } catch (Exception e) {
         log.error(e.getMessage(), e);
      }
		//Special case, check if String[]
        try
        {
           String[] valueArray = (String[])value; 
		   if(valueArray==null || valueArray.length==0)
		   {
		   		value = null;
		   }
        }
        catch(ClassCastException cce)
        {
			//Then it wasn't a String[]
        }	
      return (value != null ? value.toString() : null);    	
   }


I guess, just to be safe the second catch could catch type Exception instead but
that is up to you.

Anyway, it fixed my validation problem for String[] (multi-selects) and doesn't
appear to have broken and validations which worked before.

To sum up the problem and requested enhancement, I am using Struts (but it would
happen the same way with HTML only) to submit an input of type select and
multiple="true" and the validator framework does not detect if nothing is
selected in that case.  I traced down to the getValueAsString() method as the
easiest place to add a fix / change so that the least impact could be made. 
Above is the code change I made on my local machine to fix "required" type
validation for a multi-select input.

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