Re: Validating Data

From: Mark D Powell <>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 07:19:15 -0800 (PST)
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On Feb 24, 1:41 am, Mladen Gogala <> wrote:
> On Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:51:33 -0800, ExecMan wrote:
> > Hi,
> > We have a stored procedure called from a PHP web application.  The
> > parameters received are of VARCHAR2, but we've seen non-printable
> > characters come through, which throw errors.
> > If there any type of RegExp of anything I can run to detect if the
> > parameter contains non-ascii characters?  (Granted, application should
> > check this before sending it to the database, but I did not write the
> > application).
> > Thanks!
> With all due respect, why would you use a database for such thing? Oracle
> has regexp functions but PHP as a scripting language, loosely based on
> Perl has a really good implementation of a very recent PCRE version.
> What you need is here:
> The class that you need is [:print:] which includes  all printable
> characters. I imagine that a scripting language, purposely built to be
> similar Perl, must process characters much faster than a database.
> --

I will agree with Mladen in that I think applications have the responsibility to edit their data prior to attempting to input it into the database though I do not necissarily object to using database provided SQL functions to handle some of the work such as trimming trailing spaces or specifing the input date format. But most validation activities should take place prior to insert or update.

HTH -- Mark D Powell -- Received on Fri Feb 24 2012 - 09:19:15 CST

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