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Last Updated: February 25, 2016
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C# Functional Validations

When we are validating our model, we tend to write validations like this:

public bool IsValid(Product product){

if(string.IsNullOrEmpty(product.Name))
    return false;
if(product.Price<=0)
    return false;
if(product.Category==null)
    return false;    
}

This might look OK at first but if we have a complex model, and we need to add a lot of rules, this might get messy.

A better approach is the use of delegates and lambda expressions, to create a set of rules, and then see if our product can comply them all, lets see how can we do that.

public bool IsValid (Product product){
    Func<Product,bool> rules = {
        p => string.IsNullOrEmpty(p.Name),
        p => p.Price <= 0,
        p => p.Category == null
    }       
    return rules.All( rule => !rule(product) );     
}

In this case we have defined the same 3 rules, and are only returning true if none of the rules are true.

With this approach you can do complex validations and have a cleaner code while you are at it.

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