How to Sequentially Apply Validation Groups

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How to Sequentially Apply Validation Groups

In some cases, you want to validate your groups by steps. To do this, you can use the GroupSequence feature. In this case, an object defines a group sequence, which determines the order groups should be validated.

For example, suppose you have a User class and want to validate that the username and the password are different only if all other validation passes (in order to avoid multiple error messages).

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// src/AppBundle/Entity/User.php
namespace AppBundle\Entity;

use Symfony\Component\Security\Core\User\UserInterface;
use Symfony\Component\Validator\Constraints as Assert;

/**
 * @Assert\GroupSequence({"User", "Strict"})
 */
class User implements UserInterface
{
    /**
     * @Assert\NotBlank
     */
    private $username;

    /**
     * @Assert\NotBlank
     */
    private $password;

    /**
     * @Assert\IsTrue(message="The password cannot match your username", groups={"Strict"})
     */
    public function isPasswordLegal()
    {
        return ($this->username !== $this->password);
    }
}

In this example, it will first validate all constraints in the group User (which is the same as the Default group). Only if all constraints in that group are valid, the second group, Strict, will be validated.

Caution

As you have already seen in the previous section, the Default group and the group containing the class name (e.g. User) were identical. However, when using Group Sequences, they are no longer identical. The Default group will now reference the group sequence, instead of all constraints that do not belong to any group.

This means that you have to use the {ClassName} (e.g. User) group when specifying a group sequence. When using Default, you get an infinite recursion (as the Default group references the group sequence, which will contain the Default group which references the same group sequence, ...).

Group Sequence Providers

Imagine a User entity which can be a normal user or a premium user. When it's a premium user, some extra constraints should be added to the user entity (e.g. the credit card details). To dynamically determine which groups should be activated, you can create a Group Sequence Provider. First, create the entity and a new constraint group called Premium:

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// src/AppBundle/Entity/User.php
namespace AppBundle\Entity;

use Symfony\Component\Validator\Constraints as Assert;

class User
{
    /**
     * @Assert\NotBlank()
     */
    private $name;

    /**
     * @Assert\CardScheme(
     *     schemes={"VISA"},
     *     groups={"Premium"},
     * )
     */
    private $creditCard;

    // ...
}

Now, change the User class to implement GroupSequenceProviderInterface and add the getGroupSequence(), method, which should return an array of groups to use:

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// src/AppBundle/Entity/User.php
namespace AppBundle\Entity;

// ...
use Symfony\Component\Validator\GroupSequenceProviderInterface;

class User implements GroupSequenceProviderInterface
{
    // ...

    public function getGroupSequence()
    {
        $groups = array('User');

        if ($this->isPremium()) {
            $groups[] = 'Premium';
        }

        return $groups;
    }
}

At last, you have to notify the Validator component that your User class provides a sequence of groups to be validated:

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// src/AppBundle/Entity/User.php
namespace AppBundle\Entity;

// ...

/**
 * @Assert\GroupSequenceProvider
 */
class User implements GroupSequenceProviderInterface
{
    // ...
}
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