Play Framework: How to write multiple custom validation functions for a form field

If you ever need to include multiple Play Framework 2.6 validators for a template form field, the uri field below shows the syntax that worked for me:

val form: Form[BlogPost] = Form (
        "title" -> nonEmptyText,
        "blogContent" -> nonEmptyText,
        "tags" -> nonEmptyText,
        "description" -> nonEmptyText(maxLength = 160),
        "uri" -> nonEmptyText
                     .verifying("error: must begin with a /", u => beginsWithSlash(u))
                     .verifying("error: invalid characters in uri", u => charsAreAllowedInUri(u))

As shown, just call the verifying method as many times as needed on the form field you want to validate with your custom functions.

The two custom validation methods I use in that example take a String and return a Boolean, as shown here:

// verify that a string begins with a slash
private def beginsWithSlash(s: String): Boolean = s.startsWith("/")

// make sure the characters in the string are legal in a uri
private def charsAreAllowedInUri(s: String): Boolean = {
    val regex = "[0-9a-zA-Z-_]*"

In summary, if you ever need to include multiple custom Play Framework validation functions for a form field, I hope this example is helpful.

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