New Service Validations in Xomega 7.8

Xomega now supports more easy and powerful validation on the server side, which ties into the Xomega error reporting framework.

This includes service request validations using Data Annotations, as well as user-friendly errors for common constraint violations as follows.

Improved validation of entity existence.

The services project template includes a convenient extension method to find entities by the key(s) and report an immediate 404 error if the entity is not found. This method is used by the generated services, and can be used by the custom code, which makes the code much cleaner.

Improved validation of foreign keys.

Similar to the entity existence validation, there is now a simple method to validate if the supplied foreign key(s) are valid. Unlike the previous validation though, it reports a regular error, which allows to gather all applicable errors before running the business logic and report them in a user-friendly fashion, as opposed to the DB constraint violation errors.

Validation of duplicate primary keys.

Another added validation that is also used by the generated services allows you to validate if the entity with the given key(s) already exists when creating a new domain object, which also reports a user-friendly error instead of a DB primary key violation.

Request validation of required fields, maximum length and enumerations.

The UI forms generated by Xomega already take care of validating user input in terms of required fields, maximum length etc. and make sure the values for enumerated fields are selected from the associated list.

However, the best practices for multi-tier architectures call for the business services that are exposed via REST or WCF to also perform such validations, without relying solely on the client for those. While some of these checks would be done by the database as well, Xomega now validates request values upfront, and reports user-friendly errors before running the business logic.

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