Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Validation Email Address: Server side vs Client side

The week ago I was programming my web application using PHP5.

There is two ways to validate email:

  1. On server side (using filter_var from PHP5)
  2. On client side (using input type email from HTML5)

PHP5 example

$email = "xpto@email.com";
if (filter_var($email, FILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL)) {
    echo "This ".$email." email address is considered valid.";

HTML5 example

<form action="file.php" method="post">
  E-mail: <input type="email" name="useremail"><br>
  <input type="submit">

In my opinion it is better validate email on client side instead server side. So don't validate email on server side because it takes a lot work to warn user that has an invalid email address. With client side to validate email, it saves a lot work to warn user that has an invalid email address.

But if you are programming a web application using OOP, it is good idea to validate email from server side because you are not using form to validate email but you are using object, for example:

class User{
  private $name, email;
  public function __construct($name,$email){
 private function validate($email){
  $mail = "";
  if (filter_var($email, FILTER_VALIDATE_EMAIL)) {
   $mail = $email;
    echo "This $email is not valid!";
  return $mail;
$user = new User("Peter","peter@xpto.com");//valid email
$user = new User("Paul","kjfddks");//prints "This kjfddks is not valid!"

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