Code-First Development with Entity Framework 4
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by Scott Guthrie
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Running the Application

Let’s re-run the application and try to create a new Dinner.  Let’s begin by pushing the “Create” button with no values filled out.  We’ll find that we now see the validation error messages we applied to our model showing up in the browser:

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Because we enabled client-side validation with ASP.NET MVC (that was the one line of code we wrote above), our error messages will update and change in real-time:

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Notice above how our validation error message changed once our “Title” became longer than 20 characters.  This is because we have a [StringLength] property on our Dinner.Title property that indicates a maximum allowed size of 20 characters.  As we started entering a value within the “HostedBy” textbox, our error message likewise changed from the “[Requred]” error message (which asks you to enter your email address) to the “[RegularExpression]” error message (which is telling us we don’t have a valid email address).

These validation rules work both within the browser (via JavaScript) and on the server (enabling us to protect ourselves even if someone tries to bypass the JavaScript validation) – without us having to make any changes to our controller class.  The ability to specify these rules once within our model, and have them apply everywhere, is extremely powerful – and will enable us to continue to evolve our application in a very clean way. 

You can learn more about these ASP.NET MVC 2 Model Validation features and how they work here.


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