DataTable to-from HTML Table

Here’s a small handy utility which converts a C# DataTable to/from HTML Table. Happy Coding!

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Data;
using System.Globalization;
using System.Text;
using System.Xml;

namespace ClientUtil
{
public class DataTableUtil
{

public static string DataTableToXmlString(DataTable dtData)
{
if (dtData == null || dtData.Columns.Count == 0)
return (string) null;
DataColumn[] primaryKey = dtData.PrimaryKey;
StringBuilder stringBuilder = new StringBuilder();
stringBuilder.Append(“<TABLE>”);
stringBuilder.Append(“<TR>”);
foreach (DataColumn dataColumn in (InternalDataCollectionBase) dtData.Columns)
{
if (DataTableUtil.IsPrimaryKey(dataColumn.ColumnName, primaryKey))
stringBuilder.Append(“<TH IsPK=’true’ ColType='”).Append(Convert.ToString(dataColumn.DataType == typeof (object) ? (object) typeof (string) : (object) dataColumn.DataType)).Append(“‘>”).Append(dataColumn.ColumnName.Replace(“&”, “”)).Append(“</TH>”);
else
stringBuilder.Append(“<TH IsPK=’false’ ColType='”).Append(Convert.ToString(dataColumn.DataType == typeof (object) ? (object) typeof (string) : (object) dataColumn.DataType)).Append(“‘>”).Append(dataColumn.ColumnName.Replace(“&”, “”)).Append(“</TH>”);
}
stringBuilder.Append(“</TR>”);
int num1 = 0;
foreach (DataRow dataRow in (InternalDataCollectionBase) dtData.Rows)
{
stringBuilder.Append(“<TR>”);
int num2 = 0;
foreach (DataColumn dataColumn in (InternalDataCollectionBase) dtData.Columns)
{
string str = Convert.IsDBNull(dataRow[dataColumn.ColumnName]) ? (string) null : Convert.ToString(dataRow[dataColumn.ColumnName]).Replace(“<“, “&lt;”).Replace(“>”, “&gt;”).Replace(“\””, “&quot;”).Replace(“‘”, “&apos;”).Replace(“&”, “&amp;”);
if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(str))
stringBuilder.Append(“<TD>”).Append(str).Append(“</TD>”);
else
stringBuilder.Append(“<TD>”).Append(“</TD>”);
++num2;
}
stringBuilder.Append(“</TR>”);
++num1;
}
stringBuilder.Append(“</TABLE>”);
return ((object) stringBuilder).ToString();
}

protected static bool IsPrimaryKey(string ColumnName, DataColumn[] PKs)
{
if (PKs == null || string.IsNullOrEmpty(ColumnName))
return false;
foreach (DataColumn dataColumn in PKs)
{
if (dataColumn.ColumnName.ToLower().Trim() == ColumnName.ToLower().Trim())
return true;
}
return false;
}

public static DataTable XmlStringToDataTable(string XmlData)
{
DataTable dataTable = (DataTable) null;
IList<DataColumn> list = (IList<DataColumn>) new List<DataColumn>();
if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(XmlData))
return (DataTable) null;
XmlDocument xmlDocument1 = new XmlDocument();
xmlDocument1.PreserveWhitespace = true;
XmlDocument xmlDocument2 = xmlDocument1;
xmlDocument2.LoadXml(XmlData);
XmlNode xmlNode1 = xmlDocument2.SelectSingleNode(“/TABLE”);
if (xmlNode1 != null)
{
dataTable = new DataTable();
int num = 0;
foreach (XmlNode xmlNode2 in xmlNode1.SelectNodes(“TR”))
{
if (num == 0)
{
foreach (XmlNode xmlNode3 in xmlNode2.SelectNodes(“TH”))
{
bool result = false;
string str = xmlNode3.Attributes[“IsPK”].Value;
if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(str))
{
if (!bool.TryParse(str, out result))
result = false;
}
else
result = false;
Type type = Type.GetType(xmlNode3.Attributes[“ColType”].Value);
DataColumn column = new DataColumn(xmlNode3.InnerText, type);
if (result)
list.Add(column);
if (!dataTable.Columns.Contains(column.ColumnName))
dataTable.Columns.Add(column);
}
if (list.Count > 0)
{
DataColumn[] dataColumnArray = new DataColumn[list.Count];
for (int index = 0; index < list.Count; ++index)
dataColumnArray[index] = list[index];
dataTable.PrimaryKey = dataColumnArray;
}
}
else
{
DataRow row = dataTable.NewRow();
int index = 0;
foreach (XmlNode xmlNode3 in xmlNode2.SelectNodes(“TD”))
{
Type dataType = dataTable.Columns[index].DataType;
string s = xmlNode3.InnerText;
if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(s))
{
try
{
s = s.Replace(“&lt;”, “<“);
s = s.Replace(“&gt;”, “>”);
s = s.Replace(“&quot;”, “\””);
s = s.Replace(“&apos;”, “‘”);
s = s.Replace(“&amp;”, “&”);
row[index] = Convert.ChangeType((object) s, dataType);
}
catch
{
if (dataType == typeof (DateTime))
row[index] = (object) DateTime.ParseExact(s, “yyyyMMdd”, (IFormatProvider) CultureInfo.InvariantCulture);
}
}
else
row[index] = Convert.DBNull;
++index;
}
dataTable.Rows.Add(row);
}
++num;
}
}
return dataTable;
}
}
}

That’s it. You may also want to check out how to convert DataTable to JSON string?
http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/777284/Consuming-JSON-ASMX-Web-Services-with-AngularJS-A

Taken’s from Mohamed Kamal Pharm’s article – first you convert DataTable.Rows into a List, the use System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer to render the list to a string:

public String ConvertDataTableTojSonString(DataTable dataTable)
{
System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer serializer =
new System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer();

List<Dictionary<String, Object>> tableRows = new List<Dictionary<String, Object>>();

Dictionary<String, Object> row;

foreach (DataRow dr in dataTable.Rows)
{
row = new Dictionary<String, Object>();
foreach (DataColumn col in dataTable.Columns)
{
row.Add(col.ColumnName, dr[col]);
}
tableRows.Add(row);
}
return serializer.Serialize(tableRows);
}

You may also want to checkout how to serialize a graph to/from xml! https://gridwizard.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/simpleflowdiagramlib-simple-c-library-to-serialize-graph-to-xml-and-vice-versa

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