Implementing a class-level validation attribute that writes to a property inside the class

Implementing a class-level validation attribute that writes to a property inside the class

I'm building an ASP.NET MVC site where I want to decorate my ViewModels with validation attributes. One of the things I want to validate is that the address that a user submits through a form is geocodable. For that, I have already created a custom ValidationAttribute and have applied to my StreetAddress property.

This is all good, except that I am actually making two geocoding requests - one in my ViewModel for validation and another in my Controller to input the latitude and longitude into my database. I want to cut down on unnecessary network usage and delays, so I need to pass the result from the validation geocode into my controller.

To accomplish such a thing, I think I should create a Latitude and Longitude property in my ViewModel. The View itself won't touch these 2 properties, but the validation attribute will either report a failure in geocoding and return the View or write the results into the properties.

For a validation attribute to access 3 properties, it has to be applied to the whole class. I don't know how to do that yet, but that's what this question is for.

UPDATE: Thanks to this answer, I have figured out how to create a class-level validation attribute. The link in the answer also demonstrates how to read the contents of a property inside the class (via Reflection). I still haven't figured out how to write to a property, though.

My Questions

How do I create a ValidationAttribute that can be applied to a whole class? Below, I have posted the code that I want to transfrom into an attribute that can be applied to my ViewModel:

public class GeocodableAttribute : ValidationAttribute     {         public GeocodableAttribute() : base()         {             ErrorMessage = "We weren't able to find that location.";         }         public override bool IsValid(object value)         {             if (value == null) //we don't care if it's required or not.             {                 return true;             }             var address = (string)value;             var response = Geocoder.CallGeoWS(address.Trim());             if(response.Status=="ZERO_RESULTS")             {                 return false;             }             return true;         }     } 

How do I have the attribute write to certain properties in the class that it is applied to? When I apply this attribute to my ViewModel, I want it to write successful geocoding results into two properties and return true. How can I implement that?

UPDATE #2: I think I just figured out how to write to a property. Should the following code work?

    private static void WritePropertyValue(object obj, string propertyName, object valueToWrite)     {         if (obj == null) return null;         var type = obj.GetType();         var propertyInfo = type.GetProperty(propertyName);         if (propertyInfo == null) return null;         propertyInfo.SetValue(obj, valueToWrite, null);     } 

Will this break client-side validation for other attributes/properties? I have other properties in my ViewModel that I have decorated with built-in ValidationAttributes, such as [Required] and [Range]. I have also enabled client-side validation for them. Will applying my new attribute to the whole ViewModel class completely break client-side validation or will validation for the other properties be performed on the client and then total validation will be performed on the server?

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