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Easy form for react and react-native apps with validation

Easy form for react and react-native apps with validation

React cross Form

Easy form for react and react-native apps with validation.

We use the great validate.js library but you can use a custom validator.

Optional - You can use react-cross-inputs , Example with react cross inputs

This is only a logic component, react-cross-form just render your inputs with value, methods, validators.

React-cross-Form

Installation

npm i react-cross-form --save

Basic Usage

import React from "react";
import DocForm from "react-cross-form";
import TextInput from "./TextInput"; // You can use any component you want.

const FORM_FIELDS = [
  {
    key: "firstName",
    label: "First Name",
    placeholder: "Type your name...",
    component: TextInput,
    validators: { presence: { message: "is required" }, length: { minimum: 3 } }
  },
  {
    key: "email",
    label: "Email",
    placeholder: "Type your name...",
    component: TextInput,
    validators: { email: true }
  }
];

export default class Example extends React.Component {
	constructor(props) {
		super(props);
		this.state = {
			form: {
				firstName: null,
				email: null
			},
			isValid: false
		};
		this.onChange = this.onChange.bind(this)
	}
	onChange({updateData}){
		this.setState({ form: updateData })
	}
  render() {
    const { form, isFormValid } = this.state;
    return (
      <div>
        <h2>Easy form validation example</h2>
        <form>
        <DocForm
          fields={FORM_FIELDS}
          data={this.state.form}
          onChange={this.onChange}
          validateType="all"
          onValidateStateChanged={({ isValid }) => {
            this.setState({ isFormValid: isValid });
          }}
        />
        </form>
      </div>
    );
  }
};

Props


key type Description
data object
(required)
Document data
fields array
(required)
fileds to render.
[{
key : 'age',
component : NumberInput,
label : 'Your Age',
validators: { presence: true }:
// And you can add here everything you need and your input will get this from props
}]
validateType string
(default: 'all')
Choose When to show validation errors in each of the inputs fields?
none - hide all.
all - Show all
onFocus - Show only on fields that then been focus
onBlur - how only on fields that then been blur
onChange- how only on fields that then been changed.
showSkippingFieldsWarnings boolean Set true if you want to display validation error even if user skip on the input
onFocus function Function that get called When input is focus, you need to call props.onFocus from your input
onBlur function Function that get called When input is blur, you need to call porps.onBlur from your input
onChange function
(required)
The function that gets called When the input is changed, you need to call props.onChange and pass the new value from your input.

See Input event for more details.
onValidateStateChanged function Function that get called when the form validation state was changed, With this value you can enable/disable the form submit button
requiredPrefix string
(Default is * )
You can use this to render input label with a required fields labels will render with '*' at the start of the string
disabledAll boolean Set true if you want to disable all fields
focusNextOnlyIfEmpty boolean Set true if you want to focus on the next input only if is empty
render fonction if you want to customize the layout, for example, you want to wrapper any input with other element or put between the inputs some other element, you can use render props function that will get an object with all the inputs and return the view to render
onChanged function This function will run after field onChange, helpful for manipulating other field onChange, see onChanged example

Fields


Each field in the Fields array is an object that must to contain a key and component.
more info about field object:

key type Description
key string(required) Key of for the value in the data
component element(required) Any component that you want to render, see what your componant will get Component props
formatter function If you want to format the value, you can pass a function the received ({field, documentData}) and return the input value
validators object For example: { presence: true, email: true }, you can learn more in https://validatejs.org/#validators and see More validate examples)
customValidation function Pass function that get ()field, value and return array of validation errros, see CustomValidation exmple
disabled boolean Input disabled value
placeholder string Input placeholder value
label string Input label value
helpText string Sometimes we want to render help text under the field
render function You can pass render method that return a component

Fields configuration example

const FIELDS = [
	{ 
	key:  'firstName',
	label:  i18n.t('First Name'),
	component:  TextInput,
	validators: { presence:  true, length: { minimum:  2 }},
	autoFocus:  true
	},
	{
		key: 'options',
		label: 'Options',
		render: (props) => {
			return  <TextInput  {...props}  />
		},
	}
]
<DocForm fields={FIELDS}/>

Input props


This exmple with all this props that input will get from react-cross-form

import React from 'react';

export default class MyInput extends React.Component {
constructor(props) {
  super(props);
}

render() {
  const {
    id, // the field.key
    value, // input value
    onFocus, // function
    onChange, // function
    onBlur, // function
    isValid, // boolean
    showWarnings, // boolean
    validatorMessage, // array of errors
    required, // boolean
    placeholder, // string
    label, // string,
    requiredPrefix, // string
    labelWithPrefix, //string
    disabled, // boolean
    autoFocus, // boolean
    requiredPrefix, // string
    onRef, // function
    focusNext // function (Run to focus on the next input)
    getOtherFieldRefByKey// function that return other field ref by the field key
    // and all the rest from your field config
  } = this.props;
  return (
    <div>
      <label> {labelWithPrefix} </label>
      <input
        ref={ref => {
          onRef(ref);
        }}
        value={value}
        onFocus={onFocus}
        onChange={e => onChange(e.target.value)}
        onBlur={onBlur}
        disabled={disabled}
      />
      {showWarnings && <p>{validatorMessage}</p>}
    </div>
  );
}
}

FocusNext

Your input will get focusNext funciton from props.

react native - use inside onSubmitEditing

<TextInput 
	onSubmitEditing={this.props.focusNext}

validators

We recommend you to work with validate.js guide to build your validators object.
but if you want, you can use our helper that can help you to build the object but he didn't include all the options

buildValidateJsObject

import  Form, {buildValidateJsObject} from  'react-cross-form';

const validtors = buildValidateJsObject({
	required: true,
	min: 3,
	max:6,
	isEmail: false,
	isNumber: true,
	isUrl: false,
	isDate: false,
	earliest: null,
	latest: null
})
/* 
The result will be-
{
	"presence":true,
	"numericality:{
		"greaterThan":3,
		"lessThan":6
	}
}
*/

validators examples


// Email
{ email: true }

// Length
{length: {is: 3}}
{length: {minimum: 20}}
{length: {maximum: 3}}

// Numbers
{numericality: {noStrings: true}}

// Reuired
{presence: true}

// Custom message
{presence: {message: "is required"}}

You can learn more with validatejs docs: https://validatejs.org/#validator

Input event


There are 3 events that will pass to your inputs and you handle from the parent:

event input side(event) parent side(callback)
onFocus Just run the funtion , you didn't need to pass any value Your callback will get {key, value, isValid, initialValue, info}
onChange onChange(value) Your callback will get {key, value, isValid, initialValue, updateData, info}
onBlur Just run the funtion , you didn't need to pass any value Your callback will get {key, value, isValid, initialValue, updateData, info}

info- you can pass to component parent any parameters you need with this events callbacs.

const info = {someKey: '123'}
// When you call onChange, info is the second parameters
// When you call onBlur or onFocus the info is the first one
<input
	onFocus={e => this.props.onChange(info)}
	onChange={value => this.props.onChange(value, info)}
	onBlue={e => this.props.onChange(info)}

Parent events call backs


The parent will get an object with relevant data from the input event
{key, updateData , initialValue , isValid , info}**

  • key - this value from the Field object
  • updateData (only when onChange is called)
  • initialValue - this is the inital value of your field from componentDidmount
  • isValid - boolean value base of your validators from Field object
  • value - this is the new value from your input

*when you call the onChange() from your input the first parameter is the new value

  • info- all other info that your input will be passing thru the event call back
// Example
return (
    <DocForm
        data={this.state.form}
        fields={FORM_FIELDS}
        onChange={({key, value, updateData}) => {
        let  form = {...this.state.form, [key]: value}
        this.setState({form})
        // or just use the updateData:
        // this.setState({form: updateData})
        }}
        onBlur={res => {console.log(res.key, ' is blue')}}
        onFocus={res => {console.log(res.key, ' is focus')}}
    />
)

customValidation exmple


In this example we use libphonenumber-js to validate a phone number.
this customValidation need to be a function that get (field, value) and return an array of strings errors

import { isValidNumber } from  'libphonenumber-js'

const  formFields  = [
{
	key: 'mobile',
	label: i18n.t('Mobile'),
	component: MobileInput,
	customValidation : function (field, value, data, formProps){
		let  errors  = []
		if(value  ===  ''){
			errors.push('can\'t be blank')
		} else  if(!isValidNumber(value)){
			errors.push('Please enter a valid phone number')
			}
			return  errors
	}}
]

Example with react cross inputs

import { isValidNumber } from  'libphonenumber-js'
import {TextInput, NumberInput, MobileInput, UploadFile, DateTime, Pointer, DropDown, ObjectsDropDown} from 'react-cross-inputs';

const DocFields = [
  {
    key: 'firstName',
    label: 'First Name',
    validators: { presence: true, length: { minimum: 2 } },
    component: TextInput,

  },
  {
    key: 'lastName',
    label: 'Last Name',
    validators: { presence: true, length: { minimum: 2 } },
    component: TextInput,
  },
  {
    key: 'mobile',
    label: 'Mobile',
    customValidation: function (field, value) {
      let errors = []
      if(!value || value === '') {
        errors.push('can\'t be blank')
      } else if(!isValidNumber(value)) {
        errors.push('Please enter a valid phone number')
      }
      return errors
    },
    component: MobileInput,
  },
  {
    key: 'image',
    label: 'Image',
    component: UploadFile,
    validators: { presence: true }
  },
  {
    key: 'age',
    label: 'Age',
    component: NumberInput,
  },
  {
    key: 'birthday',
    label: 'Birthday',
    component: DateTime,
  },
  {
    key: 'city',
    label: 'City',
    component: Pointer,
    schemaName: 'City',
    targetName: 'CityDropDown',
    labelKey: 'name'
  },
  {
    key: 'favoriteColor',
    label: 'Favorite Color',
    component: DropDown,
    options: [
      {key: 'red', label: 'red'},
      {key: 'green', label: 'green'},
      {key: 'blue', label: 'blue'},
      {key: 'yellow', label: 'yellow'},
      {key: 'pink', label: 'pink', customRender: ({label}) => <p style={{color: 'pink'}}>{label}</p>},
    ]
  },
  {
    key: 'favoritePhone',
    label: 'Favorite Phone',
    component: ObjectsDropDown,
    valueKey: 'model', // default is key
    labelKey: 'fullName', // default is label
    options: [
      {company: 'Samsung', OS: 'Android 8', model: 'Galaxy S9 Plus', fullName: 'Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus'},
      {company: 'Samsung', OS: 'Android 8', model: 'Galaxy S9', fullName: 'Samsung Galaxy S9'},
      {company: 'Huawei', OS: 'Android 8.1', model: 'P20 Pro', fullName: 'Huawei P20 Pro'},
    ]
  }
 ]

The result of this exmple is:
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Complex uses

1- Group number of inputs to one componet

const FIELDS = [
{
   key: 'email',
   label: 'Email',
   component: TextInput
},
{
   group: [
   	{
   		key: 'firstName',
   		label: 'FirstName',
   		component: TextInput
   	},
   	{
   		key: 'lastName',
   		label: 'LastName',
   		component: TextInput
   	},
   ],
   	component: FullNameComponent
   }
]

In this example FullNameComponent will get props with a object call inputsGroup that include the firstName and lastName component as a function that return the comoponent, you can run the function with props that you eant to pass to the input,
see FullNameComponent as a group component example:

import React from 'react';

export default class FullNameComponent extends React.Component {
  render() {
    const {inputsGroup} = this.props
    return (
      <div>
        {inputsGroup.firstName({style: {color: 'red'}})}
        {inputsGroup.lastName()}
      </div>
    )
  }
}

2 - Get ref of other field and change is value

Sometimes you want to enable value changing in what value to trigger a change in another field, for this case you can get from any input the ref of another input and run is props.change with the value
Example:
In this example AddressAutoComplete is a component with a dropdown of countries, when we select an option we get address and coordinates.
We want to achieve an update in the location input.
We pass in the field config onSelect function that called when user select address from the dropdown, the input will call the onSelect with the option and the input props, one of the props is the getOtherFieldRefByKey function.
we call getOtherFieldRefByKey from the input props and get the refs to location input and is parent.
in this example we use the parent props, the parent is the wrapper of the location input, we call the onChange with the new coordinates.

 const FIELDS = [
  {
    key: 'address',
    label: 'Address',
    component: AddressAutoComplete,
    onSelect: (option, props) => {
      const coordinates = option.geometry.coordinates
      let locationRefs = props.getOtherFieldRefByKey('location')
      const {input, parent} = locationRefs
	  parent.props.onChange({
          __type: 'GeoPoint',
          latitude: coordinates[1],
          longitude: coordinates[0]
        });
    },
    accessToken: envConfig.MAP_BOX_ACCESS_TOKEN
  },
  {
    key: 'location',
    label: 'Location',
    component: GeoLocationMapView,
    accessToken: envConfig.MAP_BOX_ACCESS_TOKEN
  },
]

3 - onChanged example

export  const  DocFields  = [
	{
		key: 'value',
		label: 'Value',
		onChanged: (field, props) => {
		const  displayValue  = props.getOtherFieldRefByKey('display').parent.props.value
		if(!displayValue  ||  displayValue  ===  '') {
		props.getOtherFieldRefByKey('display').parent.props.onChanged(field.value)
		}
		},
		component: TextInput
	},
	{
		key: 'display',
		label: 'Display',
		validators: { presence: true },
		component: TextInput
	}
];

Dependencies

  • isEmpty/lodash
  • validate.js

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