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Exporting XML in a C# ASP .NET Web Application

XML (extensible markup language) is a popular format of data for importing and exporting between different applications designed using different programming languages. Since XML uses a standardized format of data, applications can easily parse the XML data to pull out specific fields, blocks, and even write their own XML files. XML is especially useful as a protocol for communicating over the Internet with applications

using (System.IO.MemoryStream stream = new System.IO.MemoryStream())


// Create an XML document. Write our specific values into the document.

System.Xml.XmlTextWriter xmlWriter = new System.Xml.XmlTextWriter(stream, System.Text.Encoding.ASCII);

// Write the XML document header.


// Write our first XML header.


// Write an element representing a single web application object.


// Write child element data for our web application object.

xmlWriter.WriteElementString(“Date”, DateTime.Now.ToString());

xmlWriter.WriteElementString(“Programmer”, “Primary Objects”);

xmlWriter.WriteElementString(“Name”, “Hello World”);

xmlWriter.WriteElementString(“Language”, “C# ASP .NET”);

xmlWriter.WriteElementString(“Status”, “Complete”);

// End the element WebApplication


// End the document WebApplications


// Finalize the XML document by writing any required closing tag.


// To be safe, flush the document to the memory stream.


// Convert the memory stream to an array of bytes.

byte[] byteArray = stream.ToArray();

// Send the XML file to the web browser for download.


Response.AppendHeader(“Content-Disposition”, “filename=MyExportedFile.xml”);

Response.AppendHeader(“Content-Length”, byteArray.Length.ToString());

Response.ContentType = “application/octet-stream”;




Categories: ASP.Net, C#
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