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Why not write the file directly? Use foreach on the IQueryable, and write out a CSV file row by row.


CSV might not be the best solution. I work with very large data sets all the time and use a function similar to this. I'm going to assume if it's IQueryable it is also IEnumerable. Here is the sample code, do with it what you like. If the delimiter is "," then it will output a CSV and if the delimiter is a "\t" you will output an Excel readable file. Either way you will need to do something similar to output a one line header containing the column titles before you run this method to output the data.

//This is changed slightly from my actual code but it should give you an idea of what to do
//tickStorage contains a dictionary named MessageData and the key is the column name
//Obviously tickStorage is what is being directly mapped to my listView component

private void OutputItems(StreamWriter writer, int startIndex, int endIndex, String delimiter)
    endIndex = endIndex < tickStorage.Count ? endIndex : tickStorage.Count;
    for (Int32 i = startIndex; i < endIndex; i++)
    IEnumerator<Columns> fields = listView.ColumnsInDisplayOrder.GetEnumerator();
    while (fields.MoveNext())
        writer.Write(delimiter + (tickStorage[i].MessageData[fields.Current.Text]).Trim());

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