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Hello, I'm new to vb.net. I have successfully run a simple sql query in vb.net and basically wanted to know how I can export the results from the query to a .txt file? All I really know is that I should be using StreamWriter. Does anyone have suggestions for sending, for example "SELECT column1, column2, from table1 where column1 = '1'" to a .txt file? Would it be best to first bind the data to a grid or can I skip that step? Thanks in advance

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Last Post by Satyam Kr. Jha
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You can use a select statement to fill a DataSet/DataTable. You can then export the entire dataset to an xml file with a single call, youDataSet.WriteXml(strYourFileNameAndPath)

Exporting to a text file is a bit more involved, you have to loop thru each of the records in the datatable to extract each column field and format your line object to use the StreamWriter.

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Hey, what version of VB.NET are you using?
Here is an sample of VB.NET 2005(connecting to mysql database. the syntax for MS SQL database is similar)

Dim column_1 as string
Dim column_2 as string
'creat a text file first
dim oWriter as system.io.streamwriter
oWrite = system.io.file.createtext("c:\sample.txt")
'connection string and mysqlconnect
Dim connstring as string = "server=?;database=?;user id=?;password=?"
Dim conn as new mysqlconnection(connstring)
'create selection query
Dim selectSQL as string = "Select column1, column2 from tablename"
'create selection command
dim cmd as new mysqlcommand(selectSQL, conn)
'set cmd property
cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text
'open database
conn.open()
'create a new reader and execute the reader
Dim myreader as mysqldatareader = cmd.executereader
'read information from the database and give the values to the arguments(column_1, and column_2)
While myreader.read
        column_1 = myreader.getstring(0)
        column_2 = myreader.getstring(1)
        oWrite.Writeline(column_1," ",column_2)
        'leave a space
        oWrite.writeline()
end while
'close file
oWrite.close()

ps:
to read from existing file
change the oWrite command to

oWrite = System.io.file.opentext("c:\sample.txt")

I hope that helps :)

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one last thing...is there anyway to make it so that the application saves as a new text file every time it is run? basically, am I able to save the file as a unique ID that the user inputs (txtpick.text in this case), so that a new text file is written for every txtpick.text name?

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Figured it out. It was easy enough, I just used

Writer = System.IO.File.CreateText(txtpick.Text & ".txt")

thanks for the help!

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