Ealianis Ealianis - 7 months ago 37
Vb.net Question

VB.NET email validation with Regex

I've tried implementing a rather simple email validation function that seems return a false match even though the input is a valid email. I have searched for any issues with the existing regex but it seems to be correct.

Even though the match returns a false value the program is stepping to the next validation level (which it shouldn't).

Here is the email validation function.

Function EmailAddressChecker(ByVal emailAddress As String) As Boolean
Dim regExPattern As String = "^[A-Z0-9._%+-]+@[A-Z0-9.-]+\.[A-Z]{2,4}$"
Dim emailAddressMatch As Match = Regex.Match(emailAddress, regExPattern)
If emailAddressMatch.Success Then
Return True
Else
Return False
End If
End Function


And for the form validation that calls upon the email validation function.

If (String.IsNullOrEmpty(EmailTextBox.Text) OrElse EmailAddressChecker(EmailTextBox.ToString)) Then
MessageBox.Show("Please enter a valid email addresss")
Return False
End If


The call for all of this happens on an click event which triggers a cascading serious of If statements checking to see if all the fields are set.

Skipping a large chunk of code the click event asks if "AreFieldsSet <> True". Inside of the "AreFieldsSet" function contains all the validation for multiple inputs; one of which is the email validation if statement.

Answer

Are the emails in UpperCase? If they aren't, they won't match.

If you want to modify the Regex so that it is Case insensitive, use this:

"^[a-zA-Z0-9._%+-]+@[a-zA-Z0-9.-]+\.[a-zA-Z]{2,4}$"
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