News Feed
Sections




News Archive
Looking for more information on how to do PHP the right way? Check out PHP: The Right Way

Brandon Savage's Blog:
Data Formatting It IS Our Job
December 07, 2009 @ 10:26:27

Brandon Savage has a reminder to all of the developers out there about working with input from your users - the burden is on you to format the data correctly, not them.

The simple answer is that whomever designed the form decided to place the validation of the data, and its massaging into the proper format, onto the end user. But there's a more complicated issue at hand here: the fact that the developer either felt it wasn't his responsibility to do the data formatting, or didn't realize that not everyone would think to [input the data] way he does.

He suggests that it's more out of laziness on the part of the developer to want the user to give them the data in the format they want when, really, the application should take reasonably correct (it has to match the type they're looking for, after all) and massage it to what they need. If it doesn't cooperate after this, only then should they toss an error. His examples touch on phone number and date formatting.

0 comments voice your opinion now!
data formatting opinion


blog comments powered by Disqus

Similar Posts

Jonathan Snook's Blog: CakePHP: Data Validation

Charlie Key's Blog: Transmitting data between Flex and PHP using JSON

Hasin Hayder's Blog: What is your favorite IDE/editor for writing code?

Brian Swan's Blog: Consuming "Dallas" Data with PHP

NewsForge.com: Using phpMyAdmin


Community Events





Don't see your event here?
Let us know!


interview developer language threedevsandamaybe zendserver community application laravel podcast code deployment development api series tips release conference introduction framework list

All content copyright, 2014 PHPDeveloper.org :: info@phpdeveloper.org - Powered by the Solar PHP Framework