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Console app to send form emails in C=

If you want to send form emails from the command line, based on data returned from a SQL server, then this bit of code might be what you;re looking for. I’m omitting the SMTP settings and Database settings, but it should be clear where they go.

private static void Main(string[] args)
var strBaseDirectory = AppDomain.CurrentDomain.BaseDirectory;
var fs = new FileStream(strBaseDirectory + @”\content.txt”, FileMode.Open);
var sr = new StreamReader(fs);
var strTemplate = sr.ReadToEnd();

// email and subject columns are mandatory
var strSQL = “select ‘someone’ as name, ‘xxxx@hotmail.com’ as email, ‘test’ as subject”;
var ds = ExecuteSQL(strSQL);
var intProgress = 0;
foreach (DataRow dr in ds.Tables[“sql”].Rows)
var strBody = strTemplate;
foreach (DataColumn dc in ds.Tables[“sql”].Columns)
strBody = strBody.Replace(“$” + dc.ColumnName + “$”, dr[dc.ColumnName].ToString());
sendEmail(dr[“email”].ToString(), dr[“subject”].ToString(), strBody);
Console.Write(“Sent ” + intProgress + ” of ” + ds.Tables[“sql”].Rows.Count);

This calls two other functions, sendEmail and executeSQL which are: – I’m using Amazon SES, but any SMTP host would work fine here.

public static void sendEmail(string to, string subject, string body)
var client = new SmtpClient
Port = 587,
Host = “email-smtp.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com”,
EnableSsl = true,
Timeout = 10000,
DeliveryMethod = SmtpDeliveryMethod.Network,
UseDefaultCredentials = false,
Credentials = new System.Net.NetworkCredential(
var mm = new MailMessage(“xxxx@gmail.com”, to, subject, body)
BodyEncoding = UTF8Encoding.UTF8,
IsBodyHtml = true,
DeliveryNotificationOptions = DeliveryNotificationOptions.OnFailure

And my ExecuteSQL is:

public static DataSet ExecuteSQL(string sql)
DataSet dataSet = null;
const String sqlConnection =
“Data Source=WWW.xxxxx.COM;Initial Catalog=xxxxx;User Id=xxxx;Password=xxxx”;
using (var conn = new SqlConnection(sqlConnection))
var command = new SqlCommand(sql) {Connection = conn};
var adapter = new SqlDataAdapter(command);
dataSet = new DataSet();
adapter.Fill(dataSet, “sql”);
return dataSet;

– Then , I’ve added a file called content.txt, and set its build action to “copy to output directory” with the content

Hi, $name$

This is a test email with some <b>HTML</b> content


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