Simple User Registration in CakePHP 1.2, Part II post

January 22nd, 2008

I got a question in the comments about my previous post on simple user registration about how to do some of the necessary validation for registration in the model. I thought I'd show some code I did to do exactly that.

The key to all this stuff is using a second form field for doing the validation. Here's some sample code for you, based on the latest straight-from-svn version of Cake PHP 1.2 (r6402)

~~~ array('rule' => 'blank', 'on' => 'create'), 'username' => array('rule' => 'alphanumeric', 'required' => true, 'message' => 'Please enter a username'), 'password' => array('rule' => array('confirmPassword', 'password'), 'message' => 'Passwords do not match'), 'password_confirm' => array('rule' => 'alphanumeric', 'required' => true) ); function confirmPassword($data) { $valid = false; if ($data['password'] == Security::hash(Configure::read('Security.salt') . $this->data['User']['password_confirm'])) { $valid = true; } return $valid; } } ?> ~~~

So, let's talk about what's in there.

  • make sure that the username is alphanumeric and has been entered
  • make sure the password exists and run the custom validation function 'confirmPassword' on the data being posted in
  • make sure that our confirm password field exists and is alphanumeric

The only tricky thing when I made this was figuring out how to compare the two password fields, and where to get the proper hashing from. Initially I thought that I could somehow import the Auth component in there but a quick chat with gwoo showed me how stupid that was when I could just duplicate how the component itself is hashing the password field. That's what is going in with the use of Security::hash(...).

Hope that helps.