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Laravel validation rule — decimal

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Laravel validation rule — decimals

In this new series, we’ll be exploring the concept of custom validation rules in Laravel and how they can assist you. I’m posting an article each day with a new rule you can use in your projects. The rules are also part of a package.

In this post, we’ll be creating a rule which confirms that a user has supplied a decimal value of a given length and scale e.g. 1234.56.

If you’re new to this topic, check out the first article in the series.


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The check and response

Let’s begin by writing the logic necessary to ensure that the user has supplied a valid decimal. To do so, our rule will need to accept a length parameter and a scale parameter. We can then insert these parameters into a regular expression which forms the basis of the passes method:

public function passes($attribute, $value)
    return preg\_match("/^[0-9]{1,{$this->parameters[0]}}(\.[0-9]{1,{$this->parameters[1]}})$/", $value);
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The expression allows a user to give any number of digits before the point up to the supplied length parameter. Likewise, the expression allows a user to give any number of digits after the point up to the supplied scale parameter.

So, for example, new Decimal(4, 2) would allow a user to provide values such as 12.0, 123.4 and 1234.56 but not 1234.567 or 12345.67.

Next, we’ll need to write an error message to respond with when the user has supplied a decimal that does not meet the criteria. To aid them in fixing their mistake, we can also create an example method:

public function example()
    return mt\_rand(1, (int) str\_repeat('9', $this->parameters[0])) .
           '.' . 
           mt\_rand(1, (int) str\_repeat('9', $this->parameters[1]));

// ...

public function message()
    return 'The :attribute must be an appropriately formatted decimal e.g. ' . $this->example();
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Testing it works

As before, we’ll write a quick unit test to confirm that the rule works correctly and rejects values that are not suitably formatted:

/\*\* @test \*/
public function a\_decimal\_can\_be\_validated()
    $rule = ['figure' => [new Decimal(4, 2)]];

    $this->assertFalse(validator(['figure' => '1'], $rule)->passes());

    $this->assertFalse(validator(['figure' => '123'], $rule)->passes());

    $this->assertFalse(validator(['figure' => '1234'], $rule)->passes());

    $this->assertFalse(validator(['figure' => '1234.'], $rule)->passes());

    $this->assertTrue(validator(['figure' => '1234.5'], $rule)->passes());

    $this->assertTrue(validator(['figure' => '1234.56'], $rule)->passes());

    $this->assertFalse(validator(['figure' => '1234.567'], $rule)->passes());

    $this->assertTrue(validator(['figure' => '1234.0'], $rule)->passes());

    $this->assertTrue(validator(['figure' => '1234.00'], $rule)->passes());
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Wrapping Up

You can see the complete class and pull it into your projects by visiting the repo on Github:

I have additional validation rules that I intend to share with you in the coming days, so be sure to follow me for those articles. If you’re interested, you can also follow me on Twitter to see everything I’m up to.

Happy coding!

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