A Guide to Mobile and Web Technology(LAMP)

Archive for October, 2009

Email Validation using Php and Javascript

This function checks whether the email provided is valid and returns false if not valid.

Php Function for validating email

//$email -> email value to be validated.

function callEmailCheck($email, $strict = false)
$regex = $strict? '/^([.0-9a-z_-]+)@(([0-9a-z-]+\.)+[0-9a-z]{2,4})$/i' : '/^([*+!.&#$¦\'\\%\/0-9a-z^_`{}=?~:-]+)@(([0-9a-z-]+\.)+[0-9a-z]{2,4})$/i' ;
if (preg_match($regex, trim($email), $matches))    {
return array($matches[1], $matches[2]);
else {
return false;

This function checks whether the user email entered in the text box is valid or not. Call this function on submit.

Javascript Function for validating email

function callEmailCheck() {
var emailreg = /^([A-Za-z0-9_\-\.])+\@([A-Za-z0-9_\-\.])+\.([A-Za-z]{2,4})$/;
//useremail is the name of the email text field.
var email = document.getElementById("useremail").value;
if(emailreg.test(email) == true){
return email;
return "";

Upload files from Mobile using Android

create a folder name uploads with 777 permission.

create a file name upload.php in the same folder where the uploads folder is created.

Place the code in the file named upload.php

$target_path = "uploads/";

$target_path = $target_path . basename( $_FILES['uploadedfile']['name']);

if(move_uploaded_file($_FILES['uploadedfile']['tmp_name'], $target_path)) {
    echo "The file ".  basename( $_FILES['uploadedfile']['name']).
    " has been uploaded";
} else{
    echo "There was an error uploading the file, please try again!";

Client side code that is used to send file to a server. please include the following code in our client program.

private void doFileUpload(){

  HttpURLConnection conn = null;
  DataOutputStream dos = null;
  DataInputStream inStream = null;

 // The full path of filename which is to be uploaded to server
  String exsistingFileName = "test.mp3";
  String lineEnd = "\r\n";
  String twoHyphens = "--";
  String boundary =  "*****";

  int bytesRead, bytesAvailable, bufferSize;

  byte[] buffer;

  int maxBufferSize = 1*1024*1024;

  String responseFromServer = "";

  //Server path to the upload.php
  String urlString = "http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/upload.php";

   //------------------ CLIENT REQUEST

  FileInputStream fileInputStream = new FileInputStream(new File(exsistingFileName) );

   // open a URL connection to the Servlet

   URL url = new URL(urlString);

   // Open a HTTP connection to the URL

   conn = (HttpURLConnection) url.openConnection();

   // Allow Inputs

   // Allow Outputs

   // Don't use a cached copy.

   // Use a post method.

   conn.setRequestProperty("Connection", "Keep-Alive");

   conn.setRequestProperty("Content-Type", "multipart/form-data;boundary="+boundary);

   dos = new DataOutputStream( conn.getOutputStream() );

   dos.writeBytes(twoHyphens + boundary + lineEnd);
   dos.writeBytes("Content-Disposition: form-data; name=\"uploadedfile\";filename=\"" + exsistingFileName +"\"" + lineEnd);

   System.out.println("Headers are written");

   // create a buffer of maximum size

   bytesAvailable = fileInputStream.available();
   bufferSize = Math.min(bytesAvailable, maxBufferSize);
   buffer = new byte[bufferSize];

   // read file and write it into form...

   bytesRead = fileInputStream.read(buffer, 0, bufferSize);

   while (bytesRead > 0)
    dos.write(buffer, 0, bufferSize);
    bytesAvailable = fileInputStream.available();
    bufferSize = Math.min(bytesAvailable, maxBufferSize);
    bytesRead = fileInputStream.read(buffer, 0, bufferSize);

   // send multipart form data necesssary after file data...

   dos.writeBytes(twoHyphens + boundary + twoHyphens + lineEnd);

   // close streams
   System.out.println("File is written");

  catch (MalformedURLException ex)

  catch (IOException ioe)

  //------------------ read the SERVER RESPONSE

  try {
        inStream = new DataInputStream ( conn.getInputStream() );
        String str;
        while (( str = inStream.readLine()) != null)
            //the str contains the server response   
         System.out.println("Server Response"+str);
  catch (IOException ioex){


If the file is sucessfully uploaded the response will be

The file test.mp3 has been uploaded.

otherwise the response will be

There was an error uploading the file, please try again!

How to send a Email attachment or MMS in Android

The following lines of code are used to send a image as either mail attachment
or as MMS from the android mobile programatcally!

Intent sendIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_SEND);
//Mime type of the attachment (or) u can use sendIntent.setType("*/*")
//Subject for the message or Email
sendIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_SUBJECT, "My Picture");
//Full Path to the attachment
sendIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_STREAM, Uri.parse("file://sdcard/test.png"));
//Use a chooser to decide whether email or mms
startActivity(Intent.createChooser(sendIntent, "Email:"));

How to send Sms from Android Programatically

The following lines of code are used to send sms from android phones. This will launch the default sms intent with a message

“Hi this is test sms”

and allows to enter the phone number and edit the message if necessary!

//call the default intent to launch message compose page

Intent sendIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_VIEW);
//use to fill the sms body
sendIntent.putExtra("sms_body", "Hi this is test sms");