Do you like how input validation is handled in ASP.NET MVC? Or maybe you think that code-only approach is the most natural one for the developers? If yes, then DAValidation is for you! With DAValidation you can use Data Annotations validation attributes and have a client-side validation.

DAValidation fully supports new validation attributes (MinLength, MaxLength, Phone, CreditCard, Email, Url, FileExtensions) and unobtrusive validation that were introduced in .NET 4.5!

DAValidation is fully compatible with standard ASP.NET Web Forms validation (standard validation controls, ValidationSummary control, validation groups and client side validation library) and Ajax Control Toolkit Extenders.

DAValidation is available through NuGet.

PM> Install-Package DAValidation

If you are interested what considerations were made during implementation and how control works internally refer to the article on my site. 

To setup and use DAValidation you need only 3 steps:

1. Create a class or structure that is representing web form model and add some validation attributes to it

public class AccountInformation
    [Display(Name = "Username")]
    [Required(ErrorMessageResourceName = "AccountInformation_Username_Required", ErrorMessageResourceType = typeof(Resources.AccountInformation))]
    public string Username { get; set; }

2. Place MetadataSource control on the page and wire it to the class from step 1

<dav:MetadataSource runat="server" ID="msAccountInformation" ObjectType="<%$ Code: typeof(AccountInformation) %>" />

3. Place DataAnnotationValidator control and connect it to MetadataSource to validate input

<asp:TextBox ID="tbUsername" ValidationGroup="AccountInformation" runat="server" />
<dav:DataAnnotationsValidator ID="davUsername" runat="server" 
  ObjectProperty="Username" />

And thats all! Now you have fully functional both client and server input validation.


Last edited Sep 23, 2012 at 4:21 PM by amanek, version 9