Some people here have said that we should only do what the spec asks us to do, nothing more. That leads to my question:
Since my requirement spec says no where that I must implement any kind of input validation and further more says "Note that for this application, you should assume that customers and CSRs know their customer ids."
Will I lose points for lack of validation?
Should I prompt the user to retry or end the program on bad input?
I did not put input validation on the hotelname/city box... if they enter a non-existent hotel name, the search simply yields 0 results (the search criteria and number of matching records are contiuously displayed in a statusbar).
The best way IMHO to put input validation on that dialog box is to make a list of all hotel names and all cities in the database, and put them both in JComboBoxes. That's friendlier to your users [than my approach] but more work to implement.
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Also, if you have the URLyBird assignment, keep in mind that the "Urlybird only takes reservations within 48 hours..." line in the intro text appears to be graded as a hard requirement (automatic failure) by some assessors, but not by others.