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XmlDocument selectSinglenodes?

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how do i selectSinglenodes from an XmlDocument  without putting them into a XmlNode object?    in other words, i want to select single nodes into the same xmlDocument object ...

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by:esteban_felipe
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Hi alain123,

I think you are missing something here. It seems to me that you think than the XmlNode is an "orphan" node and not part of the xmldocument.

selectSingleNode will return the first matching node. You keep the reference to that node using an XMLNode instance. But it's a reference. Any changes that you apply to the node will reflect in the XMLDocument instance.

So you are not "putting" it in a XmlNode, you are referencing it using a Xmlnode.

Esteban Felipe
www.estebanf.com
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by:alain123
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Hi Esteban how is it going, so on your answer... " So you are not "putting" it in a XmlNode, you are referencing "it" using a Xmlnode." ==> do you mean it's referencing the xmlDocument?  and if I pass this object as a parameter to another class, would the changes afect the original xmldoc?

thanks.
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by:esteban_felipe
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yes :)
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Check out this code:

using System;
using System.Xml;

namespace ConsoleApplication20
{
      class Class1
      {
            [STAThread]
            static void Main(string[] args)
            {
                  XmlDocument xmlDoc = new XmlDocument();
                  xmlDoc.Load(@"C:\XMLFile1.xml");
                  XmlNode node = xmlDoc.SelectSingleNode("test/node");
                  testMethod(node);
                  Console.WriteLine(xmlDoc.InnerXml);
                  Console.Read();
            }
            public static void testMethod(XmlNode currentNode)
            {
                  currentNode.Attributes["id"].Value = "100";
            }
      }
}


The original xml is:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<test>
      <node id="1" date="2004-04-05T12:20:00">
            node 1
      </node>
      <node id="2" date="2004-01-12T12:20:00">
            node 2
      </node>
      <node id="3" date="2004-02-03T12:20:00">
            node 3
      </node>
      <node id="4" date="2004-03-10T12:20:00">
            node 4
      </node>
      <node id="5" date="2004-06-11T12:20:00">
            node 5
      </node>
      <node id="6" date="2004-06-01T12:20:00">
            node 6
      </node>
      <node id="7" date="2004-08-02T12:20:00">
            node 7
      </node>
      <node id="8" date="2004-10-04T12:20:00">
            node 8
      </node>
      <node id="9" date="2004-12-04T12:20:00">
            node 9
      </node>
      <node id="10" date="2004-01-04T12:20:00">
            node 10
      </node>
</test>

Compile it and check how it behaves.
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by:alain123
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pretty nice example.. thank you.. i guess the xmldoc gets passed by value..
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