using datareader to output xml in C#

Posted on 2015-02-16
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Last Modified: 2015-02-16
Hi Experts,

I'm using Visual Studio 2013 and Sql Server 2008.
I created an example in ASP.net using VB and that one works fine.
Now I'm translating this example to use C# and I'm having problem in the translation.
Below I describe my VB example and then describe the error i'm getting in my C# example.

I'm using the Employees table of the Northwind sql server database.

The Employees table returned by my query in my code looks like this:

employees table
VB Version

I have a ASP.NET page called TestEmployees.aspx. In this example I used Visual Basic as the language.

The page queries the Employees table and returns an (XML with Attributes) representation of that table.

This is my code for it.


<%@ Page Language="vb" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeBehind="TestEmployees.aspx.vb" Inherits="Map2.TestEmployees" %>

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Imports System.IO
Imports System.Data
Imports System.Data.SqlClient
Imports System.Xml

Public Class TestEmployees
    Inherits System.Web.UI.Page

    Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load

        Dim dbConnString As String = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings("NorthwindConnectionString").ConnectionString
        Dim dbConn As New SqlConnection(dbConnString)
        Dim strSQL As String, objCommand As SqlCommand
        Dim objDataReader As SqlDataReader
        Dim eventsXMLDoc As XmlTextWriter = New XmlTextWriter(Response.OutputStream, Encoding.UTF8)

        strSQL = "SELECT EmployeeID, LastName, FirstName" _
        & " FROM Employees " _
        & " ORDER BY EmployeeID"

        objCommand = New SqlCommand(strSQL, dbConn)
        objDataReader = objCommand.ExecuteReader()
        'generate XML
        eventsXMLDoc.Formatting = Formatting.Indented
        Response.ContentType = "text/xml"
        While objDataReader.Read()
            eventsXMLDoc.WriteAttributeString("EmployeeID", objDataReader("EmployeeID"))
            eventsXMLDoc.WriteAttributeString("LastName", objDataReader("LastName"))
            eventsXMLDoc.WriteAttributeString("FirstName", objDataReader("FirstName"))
        End While

    End Sub

End Class

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So when I run my page it runs just fine and looks like this:

my VB asp page when its run

C# Version

So now I'm doing the same example using C# as the language. This example is where I have a question.


<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="TestEmployeesCS.aspx.cs" Inherits="Map2.TestEmployeesCS" %>

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using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Xml;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Text;

    public partial class TestEmployeesCS : System.Web.UI.Page
        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)

            string strConn = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["NorthwindConnectionString"].ConnectionString;

            SqlConnection dbConn = new SqlConnection(strConn);
            string strSQL = null;
            SqlCommand objCommand = default(SqlCommand);

            SqlDataReader objDataReader = default(SqlDataReader);
            XmlTextWriter employeesXMLDoc = new XmlTextWriter(Response.OutputStream, Encoding.UTF8);

            strSQL = "SELECT EmployeeID, LastName, FirstName" + " FROM [Northwind].[dbo].[Employees] " + " ORDER BY EmployeeID";

            objCommand = new SqlCommand(strSQL, dbConn);
            objDataReader = objCommand.ExecuteReader();
            //generate XML
            employeesXMLDoc.Formatting = Formatting.Indented;
            Response.ContentType = "text/xml";
            while (objDataReader.Read())
                employeesXMLDoc.WriteAttributeString("EmployeeID", objDataReader["EmployeeID"]);
                employeesXMLDoc.WriteAttributeString("LastName", objDataReader["LastName"]);
                employeesXMLDoc.WriteAttributeString("FirstName", objDataReader["FirstName"]);

                // tested good but not correct formate



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I'm having problem with my C# example. I'm getting the errors underlined in red in the C# image below.

code with error
The output xml should exactly the same as the VB example above.

Anyone know what I'm doing wrong in my c# example?
Question by:maqskywalker
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gr8gonzo earned 2000 total points
ID: 40612933
Try casting the values as strings. For example:

employeesXMLDoc.WriteAttributeString("EmployeeID", (string)objDataReader["EmployeeID"]);
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Expert Comment

ID: 40613105
Use (int) instead of (string). If it still has trouble because it's expecting a string, just use the ToString() method after casting:


Author Comment

ID: 40613110
thanks gonzo your solution worked.

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