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Searching for a random node in an XML document.

Posted on 2005-03-07
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I am trying to figure out an efficient way to search for a random node in an XML document.  I will not necessarily know the parent nodes prior to the search.  For example, if the XML is:

   <Node 1>some value </Node1>
   <Node 2> node 2 value</Node 2>
   <Node 3>node 3 value</Node 3>
   <Node 4>
              <Node 5> this is node 5 value </Node 5>
   </Node 4>


I will need to find the value for ANY of these nodes without knowing its Parent.  Anybody know of a quick way of doing this or do I need to traverse the entire tree til I find the node?   The nodes are guaranteed to be unique, so I don't have to worry about that.  I can't just use an xpath with wildcards, because I don't know how many levels deep to search.  Thanks.
Question by:mromeo
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BobSiemens earned 1000 total points
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<xsl:value-of select="//Node5"/> will match node 5 anywhere in the hierarchy.

Note: it's <Node5> or <Node id="5"> but not <Node 5>

Also, that 'value-of' will match the first <Node5> -- there are ways of handling multiples.,

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