So you think you can validate email addresses

What is valid email?

How do you know? How do you validate an email?

Which of these emails are valid?

  • hi@stavros.io ==Valid
  • hi@ ==Invalid. No domain
  • hi+there@stavros.io ==Valid
  • stavros.k@stavros.io ==Valid
  • stavros.@stavros.io ==Invalid. Can't have dot at the end
  • stavros..k@stavros.io ==Invalid --- Can't have two dots in a row -!#$%&'#(-/=?@stavros.io ==Invalid
  • f*ck@stavros.io == Valid
  • #$%!^/&@stavros.io ==Valid
  • h(a)i@stavros.io ==Invalid. No parentheses allowed! (Are you kidding me?)
  • (sta)vros@stavros.io ==Valid. Its comment and will be ignored by the mail server -stavros@stavros.io(io) ==Still Valid
  • em@il@stavros.io ==Invalid. Because you have two at signs
  • "<\"@\".!#%$@stavros.io ==Invalid
  • <\"@\".!#%$@stavros.io ==Invalid
  • "hi@you"@stavros.io ==Valid. You can have quoted at sign
  • "hi you"@stavros.io ==Valid.
  • " "@stavros.io ==Valid.
  • hi"@"you@stavros.io ==Invalid. Qoutes must be dot-sparated

Conclusion

This video is amazingly mind blowing. You have to watch it if you have ever done email validation and thought you got it right. You will be puzzled.

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