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I am developing a new site for a client that does not use any fixed datastore. This is not a problem as they do not want a CMS as the content will remain fairly static.

They wanted to use a data collection form for customers but also find a way of importing this into their own internal CRM.

I found the best way was to extend the contact form used in the TBH to generate an XML document on the fly and attach it to the MailMessage object used to send a message to the Contact form mail address specified in web.config.

They can then import this into other data stores if required.

Thought i would post the code here in case it's of any use to anyone:

Imports System.Net.Mail
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Xml
Namespace Retro.Web.UI
    Partial Class Contact
        Inherits BasePage
        'write in memory
        Dim msXml As MemoryStream = New MemoryStream()
        Dim objWriter As XmlTextWriter
        Protected Sub txtSubmit_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles txtSubmit.Click
                ' send the mail
                Dim msg As New MailMessage
                msg.IsBodyHtml = False
                msg.From = New MailAddress(txtEmail.Text, txtName.Text)
                msg.To.Add(New MailAddress(Globals.Settings.ContactForm.MailTo))
                If Not String.IsNullOrEmpty(Globals.Settings.ContactForm.MailCC) Then
                    msg.CC.Add(New MailAddress(Globals.Settings.ContactForm.MailCC))
                End If
                msg.Subject = String.Format( _
                    Globals.Settings.ContactForm.MailSubject, txtSubject.Text)
                msg.Body = txtBody.Text

                'generate XML file and add as an attachment
                GenerateXml(msg, txtName.Text, txtEmail.Text, txtSubject.Text, txtBody.Text)

                Dim client As New SmtpClient()
                ' show a confirmation message, and reset the fields
                lblFeedbackOK.Visible = True
                lblFeedbackKO.Visible = False
                txtName.Text = ""
                txtEmail.Text = ""
                txtSubject.Text = ""
                txtBody.Text = ""
                Exit Try

            Catch ex As Exception
                lblFeedbackOK.Visible = False
                lblFeedbackKO.Visible = True
                'clear up memory
            End Try

        End Sub
        Protected Sub GenerateXml(ByVal mymessage As MailMessage, ByVal Name As String, ByVal Email As String, ByVal Subject As String, ByVal Body As String)
            'create an instance of the XmlTextWriter object
            objWriter = New XmlTextWriter(msXml, Encoding.UTF8)
            objWriter.Formatting = Formatting.Indented

            'start writing xml document

            'write a comment in our XML File
            objWriter.WriteComment("Contact Form Output")

            'starting with the root element

            'output the first contact detail element
            objWriter.WriteStartElement("ContactDetail", Nothing)

            objWriter.WriteElementString("Name", Name)
            objWriter.WriteElementString("Email", Email)
            objWriter.WriteElementString("Subject", Subject)
            objWriter.WriteElementString("Body", Body)
            objWriter.WriteElementString("Date", Date.Today())

            'close contact detail element

            'end contactdetails element

            'flush and write XML data to file


            msXml.Position = 0
            Dim att As New Attachment(msXml, DateTime.Now.ToFileTime.ToString() & ".xml")
        End Sub
    End Class
End Namespace
This is just a draft implementation. As they actually require a more detailed data collection form I will probably create a new contact form class so I am not duplicating the data passed back to the various methods.


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