Hi
I have small recomendation form, which is expected to collect name, e-mail, message, than sent e-mail and also update mysql database.
What is done ?
- when fields are empty - ok
- email validation - ok

what i want to do is to make sure that no one can use
my form to spam, and also i will not get spam too.

and to applay basic formating of e-mail and mysql input.

and last most important issue is my so called captcha.
As you will see in the script form is called serval times (if error). So when my form is displayed again, captcha image is not changing, is not refreshing each time form is called, but $thevalue is refreshing, and then $yourcode (re-type) is not equal to $thevalue1.

i need some advice on this topic ... please

thanks a lot in advance

nita

my code so far ..

PHP Code:
// PHP_SELF safely! 
$php_self basename(htmlentities($_SERVER['PHP_SELF'])); 

//image 
$im ImageCreate(6020);  //create image 
$white ImageColorAllocate($im0,00); 
$black ImageColorAllocate($im12020068); 
$md5 md5(microtime() * mktime()); 
$string substr($md5,0,5); 
$verification $string
$thevalue$string
ImageFill($im00$black); 
ImageString($im4103$thevalue$white); 
Imagejpeg($im"inc/verify.jpeg"); 
ImageDestroy($im); 
//this is recommendation form 
$form .= 
    <table width='100%'  border='0' cellspacing='0' cellpadding='10'> 
    <tr> 
    <td> 

    <form action='"
.$php_self."' method='post'> 
    <table width='444' align='left' class='info4'> 
    <tr> 
    <td valign='top' align='right'><b>Name:</b></td> 
    <td valign='top'> 
    <input name='name' size='30'> 
    </td> 
    </tr> 
    <tr> 
    <td valign='top' align='right'><b>E-mail:</b></td> 
    <td valign='top'> 
    <input name='email' size='30'> 
    </td> 
    </tr> 
    <tr> 
    <td valign='top' align='right'><b>Recomendation:</b></td> 
    <td valign='top'> 
    <textarea name='message' rows='10' cols='30'></textarea> 
    </td> 
    </tr> 
    <tr> 
    <td> 
    <img src='inc/verify.jpeg' border='0'> 
    <input type='hidden' value='"
.$thevalue."' name='thevalue1'> 
    </td> 
    <td> 
    <input type='text' name='yourcode' size='5' maxlength='5'> 
    </td> 
    </tr> 
    <td valign='top' align='right'></td> 
    <td valign='top' align='left'> 
    <input class='button1' type='submit' value='Send' name='submitreco'> 
    <input class='button1' type='reset' value='Reset' name='reset'> 
    </td> 

    </tr> 
    </table> 
    </form> 
    </td> 
    </tr> 
    </table><br>"



if (isset(
$_POST['submitreco'])) { 


        
$yourcode=$_POST['yourcode']; 
        
$thevalue1=$_POST['thevalue1']; 
        
$myemail "aaa@bbb.com"
        
$name $_POST['name']; 
        
$email $_POST['email']; 
        
$message $_POST['message']; 
        
        
// check if any of the fields are empty 
        
if ($name=="" or $message=="" or $email=="") { 
        echo 
"Please fill up all fields !"
        echo(
$form); 
        } 
        else 
        { 
        
$messagehtml str_replace("\r"''$message); 
        
$thanks 
        <span class='info2'> 
        Thank you !. Your recomendation has sucessfuly been sent!<br> 
        <br></span>"

        
$subject "New Movie Recomendation from '$name'"
        
$headers "From: kris@nita-on-line.com"

        
$messagetoemail "Hi Kris. You recived a new movie recomendation. 
        Name: 
$name 
        E-mail: 
$email 
        Recomendation: 
$messagehtml 
        "

         
        function 
check_email($email) {  
        
        
// check that there's one @ symbol, and that the lengths are right  
                
if (!ereg("^[^@]{1,64}@[^@]{1,255}$"$email)) 
                {    
                return 
false
                }  
        
        
// Split it into sections to make life easier  
                
$email_array explode("@"$email);  
                
$local_array explode("."$email_array[0]);  
                for (
$i 0$i sizeof($local_array); $i++) 
                {      
                        if (!
ereg("^(([A-Za-z0-9!#$%&'*+/=?^_`{|}~-][A-Za-z0-9!#$%&'*+/=?^_`{|}~\.-]{0,63})|(\"[^(\\|\")]{0,62}\"))$"$local_array[$i])) 
                        {      
                        return 
false;    
                        }  
                }    
                
                if (!
ereg("^\[?[0-9\.]+\]?$"$email_array[1])) 
                { 
        
// Check if domain is IP. If not, it should be valid domain name    
                
$domain_array explode("."$email_array[1]);    
                        if (
sizeof($domain_array) < 2
                        {        
                        return 
false// Not enough parts to domain    
                        
}    
                        for (
$i 0$i sizeof($domain_array); $i++) 
                        {      
                        if (!
ereg("^(([A-Za-z0-9][A-Za-z0-9-]{0,61}[A-Za-z0-9])|([A-Za-z0-9]+))$"$domain_array[$i])) 
                                { 
                                return 
false;      
                                }    
                        }  
                }  
        return 
true
        } 
        
        if (
check_email($email)) 
                { 
                if(
$yourcode == $thevalue1){ 
            echo 
"$thanks"
                        
mail($myemail$subject$messagetoemail$headers); 
                        } 
                        
                        else 
                        { 
                        
            echo 
"<span class='info2'> 
                        You verification code is not right. Please go back and try again. 
                        </span>"

            echo(
$form); 
                }       
             } 
             else 
                
                { 
                echo 
"Make sure that you fill in your e-mail corectly !"
                echo(
$form); 
                
                 
                } 
        } 

        
        

else{ 
        echo(
$form); 
        }