ASP -> CSV Export Recordset Alternate Options

Posted on 2004-04-07
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Hello All

Is there an alternate (better) way to create a CSV file from a recordset  other than:

1. Using Filesystem Object (Don't like because of security issues)
2. Setting content type and asking the users to download a text file from the client browser (don't like because I need to name the text files uniquely and send it to a remote FTP server downstream)
3. Using OSQL or ISQL from SQL Server (tried it but the CSV format seems jumbled)

Question by:geoenvi
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Shailesh15 earned 500 total points
ID: 10783063
Since you are using SQl server use BCP utility to export the data into csv file...
Creat stroed procedure in sql server which exposrts query to csv file....
IF (OBJECT_ID ('dbo.tblBalanceJobCSV') IS NOT NULL)
      DROP PROCEDURE dbo.tblBalanceJobCSV

      DECLARE @bcpCommand VARCHAR(8000)

      SET @bcpCommand = 'bcp "SELECT * FROM dbo.tblBalanceJob" queryout'
      SET @bcpCommand = @bcpCommand + ' C:\authors.csv -c -t"," -SSERVERNAME -UUSERNAME -PPASSWORD'
      EXEC master..xp_cmdshell @bcpCommand

Then in ASP call this SP..

conn.Execute ("execute tblBalanceJobCSV")

Author Comment

ID: 10783357
Can you pass  parameters this way?  I used OSQL instead of bcp to export to CSV but the format is not what youy expect.  I postes that particular problem in the DB/SQL area.

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Expert Comment

ID: 10783445
You can pass parameters into Stored procedure. & Change the @bcpCommand  string to match.
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Author Comment

ID: 10783523
Yeah tried that too.. Same problem as osql.  the csv format appears jumbled.  Does not work
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Expert Comment

ID: 10783671
Either its a problem with Settings or data problem. BCP may give problem if special characters are present. Try exporting a simple table with simple fields as a test.
Try to export manualy through DTS then you will know if your sql server settings are OK.


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ID: 10792692
What security issues in reagrds to FileSystemObject are you concerned about?

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