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Validate the password

meena latha
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Joined: Jan 24, 2005
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Hi all....
I would like to know how to validate the password inside the service method.The password should contain both numeric as well as character and the length should be between 4 and 10.

Thanks in advance
Ben Souther
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Joined: Dec 11, 2004
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This question would do better in Java Beginner.

If you're using 1.4 or higher, look at the regexp related methods of the String class.


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David Harkness
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By "character" I assume you mean letters (lower- and uppercase), since Strings by definition only contain characters. Can it contain other characters (punctuation, accented letters, non-printables), or only alphanumeric ones? Must it contain both letters and numbers, or at least one of either?

To enforce a 4-10 character password containing only alphanumerics, but also one of each type, you'll need to use two regexp tests (off the top of my head): "[a-zA-Z0-9]{4,10}" and "(?:[a-zA-Z][0-9]|[0-9][a-zA-Z])".

The first one validates that the password contains 4-10 alphanumeric characters. You should use match() to compare the entire password to the pattern.

The second one is a bit tricky, and I haven't tested it. You should use find() to test whether or not the password contains the pattern somewhere. It checks that the password contains a letter followed by a digit or a digit followed by a letter. If the password contains at least one of each, it will pass.

If you can't or don't want to use regular expressions, this would be very easy to do in a loop.

Can anyone come up with a way to combine both tests in a single expression? I can only come up with one that doesn't enforce the length requirement: "[a-zA-Z0-9]*(?:[a-zA-Z][0-9]|[0-9][a-zA-Z])[a-zA-Z0-9]*". You could of course use length() for the last check.
 
 
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