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Convert datareader to CSV and export to web browser in ASP.NET C#

Posted on 2007-11-22
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I have a datareader

while (thisReader.Read())
{
}

Now how can I export the contents of this datarader to a web browser in CSV format, so the user can save the file on this desktop.

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Question by:mugsey
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by:Pratima Pharande
ID: 20333725
Try this
 //Add Response header 

        Response.Clear();

        Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", string.Format("attachment;filename={0}.csv", fileName));

        Response.Charset = "";

        Response.ContentType = "application/vnd.xls";

        //GET Data From Database                

        SqlConnection cn = new SqlConnection(dataSrc.ConnectionString);

        string query = dataSrc.SelectCommand.Replace("\r\n", " ").Replace("\t", " ");

        

        SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(query, cn);

        

        cmd.CommandTimeout = 999999 ;

        cmd.CommandType    = CommandType.Text;

        try

        {

            cn.Open();

            SqlDataReader dr = cmd.ExecuteReader();

            StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();            

            //Add Header          

            for (int count = 0; count < dr.FieldCount; count++)

            {

                if (dr.GetName(count) != null)

                    sb.Append(dr.GetName(count));

                if (count < dr.FieldCount - 1)

                {

                    sb.Append(",");

                }

            }

            Response.Write(sb.ToString() + "\n");

            Response.Flush();            

            //Append Data

            while (dr.Read())

            {

                sb = new StringBuilder();

               

                for (int col = 0; col < dr.FieldCount - 1; col++)

                {

                    if (!dr.IsDBNull(col))

                        sb.Append(dr.GetValue(col).ToString().Replace(",", " "));

                    sb.Append(",");

                }

                if (!dr.IsDBNull(dr.FieldCount - 1))

                    sb.Append(dr.GetValue(dr.FieldCount - 1).ToString().Replace(",", " "));

                Response.Write(sb.ToString() + "\n");

                Response.Flush();

            }

            dr.Dispose();

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by:Pratima Pharande
ID: 20333726
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by:bungHoc
ID: 20333738
Try this:

private string ToCSV(DataTable dataTable)

{
 

  DataTable schemaTable = myReader.GetSchemaTable();
 

  StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();      

  foreach (DataColumn column in schemaTable.Columns)

  {

    sb.Append(column.ColumnName + ',');

  }            
 

  sb.Append("\r\n");

      

  foreach (DataRow row in schemaTable.Rows)

  {

    foreach (DataColumn column in schemaTable.Columns)

    {

      sb.Append(row[column].ToString() + ',');

    }                  

    sb.Append("\r\n");

  }      

  return sb.ToString();

}

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by:mugsey
ID: 20333747
OK thanks guys I will try in the next hour
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by:mugsey
ID: 20333769
Thanks pratima_mcs

How can I specify the file name and where to save the file?  Thanks
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by:Pratima Pharande
ID: 20333830
When you run this code it will ask with a popup to open , save
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by:mugsey
ID: 20333949
OK thanks - so you know the line

Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", string.Format("attachment;filename={0}.csv", fileName));

Where does filename come from?

You see my code is like this

Currently I have a datareader that is populated from a dynamic search

  while (thisReader.Read())
                {
                 

                }

How can I amend your code above so it works



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by:Pratima Pharande
ID: 20333974
Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", string.Format("attachment;filename={0}.csv", fileName));

in this they have used the parament send to the function ...

you can use your own tempory file name there like

Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", string.Format("attachment;filename=temp.csv", fileName));

that will appear by default in save dialog
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by:mugsey
ID: 20334019
OK thANKS

But could you amend your example so it wiould fit into the following?

while (thisReader.Read())
                {
                 

                }



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Pratima Pharande earned 500 total points
ID: 20337369

//Add Response header 

        Response.Clear();

        Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", string.Format("attachment;filename={0}.csv", fileName));

        Response.Charset = "";

        Response.ContentType = "application/vnd.xls";

       

                

            StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();            

            //Add Header   Put this if you want headers        

            for (int count = 0; count < thisReader.FieldCount; count++)

            {

                if (thisReader.GetName(count) != null)

                    sb.Append(thisReader.GetName(count));

                if (count < thisReader.FieldCount - 1)

                {

                    sb.Append(",");

                }

            }

            Response.Write(sb.ToString() + "\n");

            Response.Flush();            

            //Append Data

            while (thisReader.Read())

            {

                sb = new StringBuilder();

               

                for (int col = 0; col < thisReader.FieldCount - 1; col++)

                {

                    if (!thisReader.IsDBNull(col))

                        sb.Append(thisReader.GetValue(col).ToString().Replace(",", " "));

                    sb.Append(",");

                }

                if (!thisReader.IsDBNull(thisReader.FieldCount - 1))

                    sb.Append(thisReader.GetValue(thisReader.FieldCount - 1).ToString().Replace(",", " "));

                Response.Write(sb.ToString() + "\n");

                Response.Flush();

            }

            thisReader.Dispose();

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