Validator.Validate() ?

Hello guys,

When I created a function to do custom validation I tried to use RegularExpressionValidator.Validate(). My code:


1       protected void EvaluateNewGateWay(object source, ServerValidateEventArgs args)
2        {
3            if (chBoxNewGW.Checked)
4            {
5                RegularExpressionValidator rev = new RegularExpressionValidator();
6                rev.ErrorMessage = "REV Error";
7                rev.ControlToValidate = "txtNewGW";
8                rev.ValidationExpression = "http(s)?://([\\w-]+\\.)+[\\w-]+(/[\\w- ./?%&=]*)?";
9                rev.Text = "Rev Error";
11               rev.Validate();// Error here !!!
13               if (!Page.IsValid)
14                   args.IsValid = false;
16           }
18           args.IsValid = true;
19       }

  I got error at line 11:


Server Error in '/UI_test' Application.

Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Source Error:

Line 35:             rfv.EnableClientScript = true;
Line 36: rfv.Enabled = true;
Line 37: rfv.Validate();
Line 38: "

Line 39: if (!Page.IsValid)

I thought I had created a "rfv" object, however....

Does anybody know the reason?

 Thx in advance,



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It is not neccessary to set Page.IsValid.

Page.Validate() calls all registered validators. One of the reasons for re-creating dynamic controls during PreInit is that during Init a Validator Control adds itself to the pages IValidators Collection. Then when validation is later called, via the framework or Page.Validate(), the page loops through all registerd validators calling validate on each - via Interface defined method.. In your case the rev is not added to the page so there is no event catchup (addition to IValidators collection). However, it is unneccessary as you will see.

Some controls such as Button Controls default to "CausesValidation=true". Therefore calling Page.Validate() is not required in their control events as it will already have been called.

Just check Page.IsValid to see if any failed validation. However, ensure that Page.Validate() will have been called either by via a control or manually.

You don't need an instance of a RegularExpressionValidator Control to validate text with a regular expression.

This is more appropriate (fully qualified for clarity) -

protected void EvaluateNewGateWay(object source, ServerValidateEventArgs args)
            args.IsValid = true;
            if (chBoxNewGW.Checked)
                args.IsValid = System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex.IsMatch(txtNewGW.Text, "http(s)?://([\\w-]+\\.)+[\\w-]+(/[\\w- ./?%&=]*)?");


Hope that helps some.


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5/8/2007 5:25:38 AM

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