Re: convert ResultSet object to CSV file

29 Oct 2006 18:21:18 -0800
Arne Vajh=F8j wrote: wrote:

Is there an API that can convert object implementation of
java.sql.ResultSet to a CSV file in Java?

i.e. when I execute

Statement stmt = con.createStatement();
ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery("SELECT a, b FROM TABLE1");

can I say something like: store this rs object in "C:\result.csv" file.

I know I can write sequence of Java code that can achieve this, but it
becomes performance bottleneck when result set contains more than 1
million records.Is there an alternate way?

I can not see why someone else's Java code should
be faster than your code.

I can not see any algorithmic tricks.

The task should be strictly IO bound.


True, I agree with Arne.
I just had hoped that,if there is an API that can make csv file out of
resultset, it would probably be faster than code I wrote. I have two
versions of program
1) using API writeAll
2) using sequence of Java code that basically iterates through the
result set in a loop and keeps building the result csv file.

After few tests, I didn't notice much difference in the execution time
of both programs. Here are test run results(from my desktop); sql was
"select a,b from TABLE1" where a & b are varchar(20).

    Test OpenCSV API (ms) Traditional code (ms)
1) 100K records 516 593
2) 150K records 984 1000
3) 200K records 1590 1250

By Traditional code I mean code snippet below:

while( {
              int ncols = myResultSet.getMetaData().getColumnCount();
              FileOutputStream fos=new FileOutputStream(new
              Writer out = new OutputStreamWriter(new

                for (int i=1; i<(ncols+1); i++) {
                     if (i<ncols) out.append(","); else out.append("\r\n");
                while ( {
                   for (int i=1; i<(ncols+1); i++) {
                        if (i<ncols) out.append(","); else out.append("\r\n");

Well, my intention was to process 200K records in < 100 ms. I can't
think of optimizing this code further, so I think faster hardware would
get the file ready in less time. Thanks to everyone who replied.

Good day!

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