Replacing chars in a LIST<T> RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    Currently I have a list of object "LIST<class>" which I need to replace illegal chars (for instance semicolumn ";") before generating the CSV. However the following code it's taking 3x times more than without it:

    public static void ListToCsv<T, V>(List<V> query, string path)
              var propertiesDto = typeof(T).GetProperties().Select(x => x.Name).ToList();
                var propertiesIQueryable = typeof(V).GetProperties().Where(x => propertiesDto.Contains(x.Name));
                using (StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter(path))
                    sw.WriteLine(string.Join(UniversalVariables.csvDelimiter.ToString(), propertiesDto.Select(p => p)));
                    foreach (var row in query)
                        var obj = Activator.CreateInstance<T>();
                        string line = "";
                        foreach (var propertyQuery in propertiesIQueryable)
                            var value = RemoveIllegalChar(propertyQuery.GetValue(row, null));
        //without the above line is 3x faster                        
        //var value = propertyQuery.GetValue(row, null);
                            line += value + UniversalVariables.csvDelimiter.ToString();
                        sw.WriteLine(line.Remove(line.Length - 1));
    private static string RemoveIllegalChar(object value)
                var newValue = value.ToString();
                if (value.GetType() == Type.GetType("System.String"))
                    // Updating date - time to get a valid .csv file:
                    newValue += newValue.Replace(";", ",").Replace(@"\t|\n|\r", "");
                return newValue;

    Before this method I have a LINQ query which maybe I could use to replace the chars, but I was not able to do it as my List turns into a List<string> instead of a List<class>:

    var lstRecords = (from cp in dbLinq_2.Table
                     select cp).ToList();

    Thursday, February 27, 2020 7:17 AM

All replies

  • Maybe, instead of altering the data, you can generate a CSV that includes quotation marks, for example:

    "field1","field2, containing spaces and comma","quotation ""marks"""

    Thursday, February 27, 2020 8:25 AM
  • Indeed Viorel, this is a option and in the worst case scenario I will use it. The negative point is the size as I have a huge amount of records and columns (more than 20 million rows) and as you know It will increase the file size. 
    Thursday, February 27, 2020 8:39 AM
  • Hi FcabralJ,
    You can try to use StringBuilder or Regex.Replace.
    Here is a link about discussing the faster way to replacie multiple characters in a string.
    [Replacing multiple characters in a string, the fastest way?]
    Hope it could be helpful for you.
    Best Regards,
    Daniel Zhang

    MSDN Community Support
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    Friday, February 28, 2020 7:52 AM
  • Hello friend in the function RemoveIllegalChar change changing replace may worked

    newValue += newValue.Replace(";", ",").Replace(@"\t", "").Replace(@"\n","").Replace(@"\r","");

    Friday, February 28, 2020 2:32 PM
  • Hi Daniel,

    I've tried to implement the Regex which was the fastest way but I didn't get good performance. Maybe my problem is more related to the reflection than the remove itself. 

    foreach (var propertyQuery in propertiesIQueryable)
      var value = RemoveIllegalChar(propertyQuery.GetValue(row, null));

    private static string RemoveIllegalChar(object value) { if (value == null) { return ""; } char[] badChars = { ';', '\t', '\n', '\r' }; int replChar = value.ToString().IndexOfAny(badChars); if (replChar < 0) { return value.ToString(); } else { Regex reg = new Regex("\t|\n|\r|;"); MatchEvaluator eval = match => { switch (match.Value) { case ";": return ""; case "\t": return ""; case "\n": return ""; case "\r": return ""; default: throw new Exception("Unexpected match!"); } }; return reg.Replace(value.ToString(), eval); } }

    Monday, March 2, 2020 5:42 AM