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C#: Check emails and perform SQL operations

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Hello Experts,

I am performing some manual repeated operations in my project and I am planning to make it automatic by creating a tool or program which will remove my extra burden.

I will be receiving emails from client example Check Balance of Clients Account. After receiving such email, I need to run respective SQL query which will provide a set of 10 records as a result. Then I need to export this result in CSV format or excel and save it in my desktop. Then I will reply to client's email which I have received with fixed content in it and will be adding this exported excel doc to this email and will be sending it to the client.

Manual Operations:
Step 1: Open my email account and check for new email with subject as something like 'Check Balance'
Step 2: Note down the Account Number present in the body of the email
Step 3: Get the corresponding SQL query which is present as text file in my local machine.
Step 4: Run this SQL Query by replacing the Account Number at sufficient locations in SQL Server.
Step 5: Export the resultant SQL output to excel file.
Step 6: Attach this excel file to clients reply email.
Step 7: Copy the body content present in text file present in my machine.
Step 8: Send the email to client.

I do not know if I can achieve above all 8 Steps automatically through C# code but I want to cover as many Steps I can to automatic so that it will save my time.

I will be grateful if experts can help me out here with this...

Thanks in Advance...!!
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Utkarsh Kulkarni earned 500 total points
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Hi,

A much simple solution would be as follows

Create web or desktop application which will take account number & email as input.
Create or read standard message, create required excel file & email it to customer.

If you need to do this without entering account number & email address then create one email account. In web or windows app fetch email from this new email account & read the content for Account Number.

I hope this gives u an idea. Let me know if you need more details.
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by:Éric Moreau
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All of this can be done in C# but it is not the purpose this forum to provide a full solution like the one you are asking!

you need to write some code and ask specific questions about particular steps.

if you are not  a programmer, consider hiring one or use some service like rentacoder to provide you a full solution
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by:Md Shah
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Thanks Astoutkarsh for your response, it will help me for initial start...

Also I agree with Éric Moreau as this is huge stuff, let me break down into smaller tasks..

Yes I am a C# developer and I know how to interact with SQL Server via ADO.NET and fetch the resultant output into data-table.

Question 1) Now I do not know how to covert this resultant output into .csv or .xlsx sheet..

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/C_Sharp/Q_28416910.html

Question 2) I do not know how to check NEW emails in my account like GMAIL or YAHOO so..

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/C_Sharp/Q_28416918.html

Question 3) I have never worked on Windows Service. I want to learn it how to create Windows Service project and how to host this service in my local

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/C_Sharp/Q_28416928.html

I have created 3 different Questions for this task as I believe 500 points for this solution is not sufficient, so lets make it 1500 points for this task

I will be closing this Question once above 3 Questions are resolved.

Cheers..
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by:Utkarsh Kulkarni
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Hi,
I am not in favor of windows service.
Better idea would be creating windows desktop application (.exe) and then creating a schedule task to execute this EXE file at regular interval. You can create a windows service for this EXE file using SC.exe utility like

sc create newservice binpath= "<path_to_the_executable>"
Note : double quotes are part of command.

Ref - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/251192
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by:Md Shah
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

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Assisted answer: 250 points for astroutkarsh's comment #a40014126

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Thanks for the info !!
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Done
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