C# Xpath query help!!

Posted on 2003-03-28
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Last Modified: 2007-12-19
Ok, i have been racking my brain on this for the past hour now..

i have an xml file

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
  <Page name="Date Select">
        <ListControl name="LoanType" type="listbox">
          <item value="LIS" />
       <item value="LPS" />
        <ListControl name="Selection" type="listbox">
          <item value="Select Suspend Status(s)" />
       <item value="Select All" />
       <item value="Select All but Completed" />
     <ListControl name="SuspendStatus" type="listbox">
       <item value="1st Call" />
       <item value="2nd Call" />
       <item value="Escalate" />
       <item value="Completed" />
       <item value="On Hold" />
       <item value="Hold for Map" />
     <ListControl name="Command" type="dropdown">
       <item value="Suspend Status Report" />
       <item value="Filter by Date" />

and i am passing an xpath nodetest to my program..

     private void PutXMLData()
       XmlDocument xmldoc = new XmlDocument();
       XmlNode root = xmldoc.DocumentElement;
           //-----this is where the issue lies!
             XmlNodeList xnodelist = root.SelectNodes("/root/Page/Controls/ListControl    [@name='LoanType']");
             foreach(XmlNode xnode in xnodelist)
          } catch (System.Xml.XPath.XPathException ex) {          
          lblError.Text = ex.Message.ToString();

when i run this.. it gives me nothing in my listbox, but when when i replace xnode.ChildNodes[0].value with xnode.ChildNodes[0].name, then it gives me the string
"item" in the listbox..so i think i am off to a correct start.

But from looking at the XML file, i would think it would put the string
"LIS" and "LPS" in my listbox..which is what I want.

how would I do this with an Xpath nodetest?



Question by:nazxul0101
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Expert Comment

ID: 8228101
Use InnerText property instead of Value property. This will work if all your nodes are element types and your values are not set as attributes of these nodes.

Accepted Solution

mega_119 earned 1200 total points
ID: 8236876
Here is the way I do it. I test it with your XML and it is working

XmlDocument xmldoc = new XmlDocument();
XmlNode root = xmldoc.DocumentElement;
XmlNode xnode = root.SelectSingleNode("/root/Page/Controls/ListControl[@name='LoanType']");
for (int i=0;  i< xnode.ChildNodes.Count; i++)
MessageBox.Show(xnode.ChildNodes[i].Attributes.Item(0).Value.ToString() );

The XPath Query you specified is correct but your for loop is wrong. you need to loop through the childNodes and get the attribute value not the node value since in your case you are storing the data in the attributes not the nodes.

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Author Comment

ID: 8240628
Great, thanks so much.. I didnt know i had to use item!
never would have thought of that..

i added 50, for the speed factor of your reply


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