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JavaScript Date Validation
For a few days now, I have been battling with the problem of JavaScript date validation. I wanted to validate text inputed by a user as they were typing to tell them if it was a valid date. After much searching on the internet, I found nothing that worked. So I wrote the following code to do the job, it is a simple but effective isDate function:
 
//Value parameter - required. All other parameters are optional.
function isDate(value, sepVal, dayIdx, monthIdx, yearIdx) {
    try {
        //Change the below values to determine which format of date you wish to check. It is set to dd/mm/yyyy by default.
        var DayIndex = dayIdx !== undefined ? dayIdx : 0; 
        var MonthIndex = monthIdx !== undefined ? monthIdx : 0;
        var YearIndex = yearIdx !== undefined ? yearIdx : 0;
 
        value = value.replace(/-/g, "/").replace(/\./g, "/"); 
        var SplitValue = value.split(sepVal || "/");
        var OK = true;
        if (!(SplitValue[DayIndex].length == 1 || SplitValue[DayIndex].length == 2)) {
            OK = false;
        }
        if (OK && !(SplitValue[MonthIndex].length == 1 || SplitValue[MonthIndex].length == 2)) {
            OK = false;
        }
        if (OK && SplitValue[YearIndex].length != 4) {
            OK = false;
        }
        if (OK) {
            var Day = parseInt(SplitValue[DayIndex], 10);
            var Month = parseInt(SplitValue[MonthIndex], 10);
            var Year = parseInt(SplitValue[YearIndex], 10);
 
            if (OK = ((Year > 1900) && (Year < new Date().getFullYear()))) {
                if (OK = (Month <= 12 && Month > 0)) {

                    var LeapYear = (((Year % 4) == 0) && ((Year % 100) != 0) || ((Year % 400) == 0));   
                    
                    if(OK = Day > 0)
                    {
                        if (Month == 2) {  
                            OK = LeapYear ? Day <= 29 : Day <= 28;
                        } 
                        else {
                            if ((Month == 4) || (Month == 6) || (Month == 9) || (Month == 11)) {
                                OK = Day <= 30;
                            }
                            else {
                                OK = Day <= 31;
                            }
                        }
                    }
                }
            }
        }
        return OK;
    }
    catch (e) {
        return false;
    }
} 
 
Just copy the above function and call isDate(value) where value is a string containing a valid or invalid date. The function returns a bool true if the string was a date and false if it wasn't. Hope this helps! Smile | <img src= " />
 
EDIT: Thanks to Member 2792937 for bringing a bug to my attention.
 
Both parseInt('08') and parseInt('09') return zero because the function tries to determine the correct base for the numerical system used. In JavaScript, numbers starting with zero are considered octal and there's no 08 or 09 in octal, hence the problem.
 
To fix this, just add the second parameter for parseInt, the base to be used for the conversion. The correct calls should be parseInt('08', 10) and parseInt('09', 10).

(From http://www.ventanazul.com/webzine/articles/issues-parseint-javascript[^])
 
I have modified my code to fix this issue.

EDIT: Now includes optional parameters for specifying separator value and the indexes. To miss out a parameter simply pass in undefined. Thanks to Lester Callif for the suggestions.

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Ed Nutting
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Hi there, so you're reading this? I probably ought to tell you something helpful then...
 
Okay well, I'm 17 from London, UK and I have been programming since I was 8 years old. You'll see from my profile I've dabbled in a lot of different areas and I do know what I'm talking about so as they say "gimme some respect yeah?" Smile | :) I've done GCSE's (got 7A*'s, 2A's and a B in French) and am now studying for my AS-Levels (Math, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry). My main aim is to go to university to study electronic engineering and then work in robotics (preferably humanoid but most of the field is interesting).
 
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QuestionDesign flaw in your code PinmemberMember 942879613-Sep-12 13:38 
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