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Creating a flat file from a datatable using c#

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I am working on creating a flat file from a datatable. I have not been able to get this to work. Attached is my specification and dotnet code. Also could you take a look at my sql and see what am doing wrong. The text file is generated but the columns are not in the right position.

Here is the sql

select
substring(Year, 1,4) as "AWARD-YEAR",
 substring(Social_Security_Number,1,9)as SSNO ,
 substring("Alternate ID",1, 10)as "id-alt",
 substring(Last_Name_Applicant,1,16)as "NAME-L",
substring(First_Name_Applicant,1,11)as "NAME-F",
substring(Middle_Initial_Applicant,1, 1)as "NAME-M",
 substring("Fund External Name", 1,35)as "fund_external_name",
 substring("Award Amount",1,5)as AWARDAMT
 from studentinfo
code.txt
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Anthony Perkins earned 2000 total points
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Unfortunately without knowing the schema for your table with all the data types it is difficult to know for sure why you "have not been able to get this to work"

SELECT  LEFT([Year], 4) [AWARD-YEAR],
        LEFT([Social_Security_Number], 9) [SSNO],
        Left([Alternate ID], 10) [id-alt],
        LEFT([Lt_Name_Applicant], 16) [NAME-L],
        LEFT([First_Name_Applicant], 11) [NAME-F],
        LEFT([Middle_Initial_Applicant], 1) [NAME-M],
        LEFT([Fund External Name], 35) [fund_external_name],
        LEFT([Award Amount], 5) [AWARDAMT],
        SPACE(909) Filler
FROM    studentinfo

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It might be helpful if you could share with us what you mean by 'not been able to get this to work".
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by:Sirdots
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Thanks acperkins. Attached is the structure of the table. what I mean by "have not been able to get this to work" is that the columns did not align in the appropriate places. The output should follow what is stated in the attached specification document. There were so many spaces after each column.
I also dont want the field names to show if the flat file is generated. The field names appear on the first line.
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by:Anthony Perkins
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It looks like all the columns are character data so it should return the right value.  As to the column headers, I don't do C#, but I suspect this is your culprit:
for (i = 0; i < dt.Columns.Count - 1; i++)                
        {  sw.Write(dt.Columns[i].ColumnName + " \t "); 
        }                
sw.Write(dt.Columns[i].ColumnName);                
sw.WriteLine();

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by:Sirdots
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I think I got it to work now. I will test now.
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by:Sirdots
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I will close this now. Thanks.
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