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An easy way to validate forms using back end logic

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Wouldn't it be great if you could just use your back end to validate forms on the front end? This package provides a Form class does exactly that. It can post itself to a configured endpoint and manage errors. The class meant to be used with a Laravel back end.

Take a look at the usage section to view a detailed example on how to use it.

The code of this package is based on the Object-Oriented Forms lesson in the Vue 2.0 series on Laracasts.

Install

You can install the package via yarn (or npm):

$ yarn add form-backend-validation

By default, this package expects axios to be installed (unless you're using your own http library, see the Options section for that).

$ yarn add axios

Usage

You find an example implementation with Laravel and Vue in the spatie/form-backend-validation-example-app repo.

Screenshot

import Form from 'form-backend-validation';

// Instantiate a form class with some values
const form = new Form({
    field1: 'value 1',
    field2: 'value 2',
    person: {
        first_name: 'John',
        last_name: 'Doe',
    },
});

// A form can also be initiated with an array
const form = new Form(['field1', 'field2']);

// Submit the form, you can also use `.put`, `.patch` and `.delete`
form.post(anUrl)
   .then(response => ...)
   .catch(response => ...);

// Returns true if request is being executed
form.processing;

// If there were any validation errors, you easily access them

// Example error response (json)
{
    "errors": {
        "field1": ['Value is required'],
        "field2": ['Value is required']
    }
}

// Returns an object in which the keys are the field names
// and the values array with error message sent by the server
form.errors.all();

// Returns true if there were any error
form.errors.any();

// Returns true if there is an error for the given field name or object
form.errors.has(key);

// Returns the first error for the given field name
form.errors.first(key);

// Returns an array with errors for the given field name
form.errors.get(key);

// Shortcut for getting the errors for the given field name
form.getError(key);

// Clear all errors
form.errors.clear();

// Clear the error of the given field name or all errors on the given object
form.errors.clear(key);

// Returns an object containing fields based on the given array of field names
form.only(keys);

// Reset the values of the form to those passed to the constructor
form.reset();

// Set the values which should be used when calling reset()
form.setInitialValues();

// Populate a form after its instantiation, the populated fields won't override the initial fields
// Fields not present at instantiation will not be populated
const form = new Form({
    field1: '',
    field2: '',
});

form.populate({
    field1: 'foo',
    field2: 'bar',
});

Options

The Form class accepts a second options parameter.

const form = new Form({
    field1: 'value 1',
    field2: 'value 2',
}, {
    resetOnSuccess: false,
});

You can also pass options via a withOptions method (this example uses the create factory method.

const form = Form.create()
    .withOptions({ resetOnSuccess: false })
    .withData({
        field1: 'value 1',
        field2: 'value 2',
    });

resetOnSuccess: bool

Default: true. Set to false if you don't want the form to reset to it's original values after a succesfull submit.

http: Object

By default this library uses axios for http request. If you want, you can roll with your own http library (or your own axios instance).

Advanced! Pass a custom http library object. Your http library needs to adhere to the following interface for any http method you're using:

method(url: string, data: Object): Promise<Response>

Supported http methods are get, delete, head, post, put & patch.

If you want to see how the http library is used internally, refer to the Form class' submit method.

Working with files

The form handles file inputs too. The data is then sent as FormData, which means it's encoded as multipart/form-data.

Some frameworks (like Laravel, Symfony) can't handle these incoming requests through other methods than POST, so you might need to take measures to work around this limitation. In Laravel or Symfony, that would mean adding a hidden _method field to your form containing the desired HTTP verb.

Changelog

Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.

Testing

$ npm run test

Contributing

Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.

Security

If you discover any security related issues, please contact Freek Van der Herten instead of using the issue tracker.

Postcardware

You're free to use this package, but if it makes it to your production environment we highly appreciate you sending us a postcard from your hometown, mentioning which of our package(s) you are using.

Our address is: Spatie, Samberstraat 69D, 2060 Antwerp, Belgium.

We publish all received postcards on our company website.

Credits

Initial code of this package was copied from Jeffrey Way's Vue-Forms repo.

The idea to go about this way of validating forms comes from Laravel Spark.

Support us

Spatie is a webdesign agency based in Antwerp, Belgium. You'll find an overview of all our open source projects on our website.

Does your business depend on our contributions? Reach out and support us on Patreon. All pledges will be dedicated to allocating workforce on maintenance and new awesome stuff.

License

The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.