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XML select node, then select case not working

nickmarshall
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Experts,

I am trying to run a sepcific sub based on a node type within a chosen XML file.  I have a select case that runs a specific subroutine based on the node string.

Here is my code;
   
 Private Sub OpenXML(ByVal SourceFileName As String) ' Open XML document and run query based on XML node <Type></Type>

        Dim XmlDoc As New XmlDocument
        XmlDoc.Load(SourceFileName) 'SourceFilename will be something like c:\uploads\anXMLfile.xml
        Dim currentNode As XmlNode

        Dim currentNodes As XmlNodeList = XmlDoc.SelectNodes("//Type/Type")  '<--- Here I am trying to specify the node, which is simply <Type></Type>
        Dim currentArray As ArrayList = NodesToArrayList(currentNodes)

        For Each currentNode In currentNodes  '<--- Here I run a Select Case based on the string within the node, ie.  "Hardware", "Checked" and "Unchecked"
            Select Case currentNode.ToString
                Case "Hardware"
                    QHardware(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Hardware")
                Case "Checked"
                    QChecked(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Checked")
                Case "Unchecked"
                    QUnchecked(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Unchecked")
            End Select
        Next

None of the select case statements are giving me output to a messagebox, so I dont think it is working.

I have also checked the Type node for all three xml files, and they all read correctly.
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Ravi SinghSenior Software Engineer

Commented:
Hi try putting a:

 MessageBox.Show(currentNode.ToString())

statement just before the select case is entered, this will allow you to verify if the node name is correct. I suspect that you have to use the property Name to get the nodes name instead of the to string, e.g:

Select Case currentNode.Name
...

If this still doesnt work can you post the XML file so that I can see if your selecting the node correctly?
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try InnerText:

 Private Sub OpenXML(ByVal SourceFileName As String) ' Open XML document and run query based on XML node <Type></Type>

        Dim XmlDoc As New XmlDocument
        XmlDoc.Load(SourceFileName) 'SourceFilename will be something like c:\uploads\anXMLfile.xml
        Dim currentNode As XmlNode

        Dim currentNodes As XmlNodeList = XmlDoc.SelectNodes("//Type/Type")  '<--- Here I am trying to specify the node, which is simply <Type></Type>
        Dim currentArray As ArrayList = NodesToArrayList(currentNodes)

        For Each currentNode In currentNodes  '<--- Here I run a Select Case based on the string within the node, ie.  "Hardware", "Checked" and "Unchecked"
            Select Case currentNode.InnerText
                Case "Hardware"
                    QHardware(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Hardware")
                Case "Checked"
                    QChecked(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Checked")
                Case "Unchecked"
                    QUnchecked(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Unchecked")
            End Select
        Next
    End Sub
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 Private Sub OpenXML(ByVal SourceFileName As String) ' Open XML document and run query based on XML node <Type></Type>

        Dim XmlDoc As New XmlDocument
        XmlDoc.Load(SourceFileName) 'SourceFilename will be something like c:\uploads\anXMLfile.xml
        Dim currentNode As XmlNode

        Dim currentNodes As XmlNodeList = XmlDoc.SelectNodes("//Type/Type")  '<--- Here I am trying to specify the node, which is simply <Type></Type>
        Dim currentArray As ArrayList = NodesToArrayList(currentNodes)

        For Each currentNode In currentNodes  '<--- Here I run a Select Case based on the string within the node, ie.  "Hardware", "Checked" and "Unchecked"
            Select Case Trim(currentNode.InnerText)
                Case "Hardware"
                    QHardware(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Hardware")
                Case "Checked"
                    QChecked(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Checked")
                Case "Unchecked"
                    QUnchecked(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Unchecked")
            End Select
        Next
    End Sub
nickmarshall, this is the third question you've raised on this same sub-routine. If it doesn't work first time, you dont need to close the question, we will keep working at it until it does exactly what you need. No need to waste the points like that.

And not to mention I feel bad for it not working from the first question!

Dez

Author

Commented:
Hi Dez,

Sorry about that, but I didnt get chance to test, and everything looked correct to me, so I though it was complete.

I have attempted to use;

        Dim XmlDoc As New XmlDocument
        XmlDoc.Load(SourceFileName) 'SourceFilename will be something like c:\uploads\anXMLfile.xml
        Dim currentNode As XmlNode

        Dim currentNodes As XmlNodeList = XmlDoc.SelectNodes("//Type/Type")  '<--- Here I am trying to specify the node, which is simply <Type></Type>
        Dim currentArray As ArrayList = NodesToArrayList(currentNodes)

        For Each currentNode In currentNodes  '<--- Here I run a Select Case based on the string within the node, ie.  "Hardware", "Checked" and "Unchecked"
            Select Case Trim(currentNode.InnerText)
                Case "Hardware"
                    QHardware(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Hardware")
                Case "Checked"
                    QChecked(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Checked")
                Case "Unchecked"
                    QUnchecked(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Unchecked")
            End Select
        Next

However I dont get any output from messagebox now.

Author

Commented:
There is only one "Type" tag within every XML document I am searching;

The Type tag has either, "hardware", "Checked" or "Unchecked" in it.

I need to pull this out as a string and then store it within a variable which will be used to run a specifc sub (the sub will query the database)
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"hardware" or "Hardware"?

let me see your XML

Author

Commented:
<?xml version="1.0" ?>
- <Hardware>
- <Hardware ISBN="1861005652" Title="Hardware list">
  <Type>Hardware</Type>
- <CPU>
  <CurrentClockSpeed>1716</CurrentClockSpeed>
  <Manufacturer>GenuineIntel</Manufacturer>
  <Name>Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 1.70GHz</Name>
  <SocketDesignation>Socket 478</SocketDesignation>
  <Status>OK</Status>
  </CPU>
- <System>
  <CSName>SUPPORT</CSName>
  <Name>Microsoft Windows XP Professional|F:\WINDOWS|\Device\Harddisk0\Partition2</Name>
  <Organization>MyOrg</Organization>
  <RegisteredUser>The Hostmaster</RegisteredUser>
  <SerialNumber>55274-OEM-0014286-7777</SerialNumber>
  <TotalVisibleMemorySize>1048052</TotalVisibleMemorySize>
  <WindowsDirectory>F:\WINDOWS</WindowsDirectory>
  </System>
- <Sound>
  <Manufacturer>Intel</Manufacturer>
  <ProductName>Intel(r) 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio Controller</ProductName>
  </Sound>
- <Motherboard>
  <Manufacturer>Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.</Manufacturer>
  <Product>8ID533</Product>
  </Motherboard>
- <DisplayAdapter>
  <DriverVersion>6.13.10.4109</DriverVersion>
  <Name>NVIDIA Quadro4 NVS</Name>
  </DisplayAdapter>
- <DisplayAdapter>
  <DriverVersion>4.00.1636.1</DriverVersion>
  <Name>Winvnc video hook driver</Name>
  </DisplayAdapter>
- <CdromDrive>
  <Drive>D:</Drive>
  <Name>CD-RW CDR-7S52</Name>
  </CdromDrive>
- <LogicalDrives>
  <DeviceID>A:</DeviceID>
  </LogicalDrives>
- <LogicalDrives>
  <DeviceID>C:</DeviceID>
  <FileSystem>NTFS</FileSystem>
  <FreeSpace>487625728</FreeSpace>
  <Size>2097413632</Size>
  </LogicalDrives>
- <LogicalDrives>
  <DeviceID>D:</DeviceID>
  </LogicalDrives>
- <LogicalDrives>
  <DeviceID>F:</DeviceID>
  <FileSystem>NTFS</FileSystem>
  <FreeSpace>21185536000</FreeSpace>
  <Size>37918507008</Size>
  </LogicalDrives>
  </Hardware>
  </Hardware>

Author

Commented:
It is the <Type></Type> node that I am after.

In all the Xml files that I am checking, there will only be one type node.
Have you put a msgbox on the select case variable (is it currentNode.InnerText?) as Zephyr__  suggested?

Especially when your pulling data from a file, i always check to see the format of the text im pulling in before i start writing the routines.

Dez
Mohamed ZedanSenior IT Analyst
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change the following line

Dim currentNodes As XmlNodeList = XmlDoc.SelectNodes("//Type/Type")  '<--- Here I am trying to specify the node, which is simply <Type></Type>

to

if the xml is like this

<ROOT>
              <TYPE>
              </TYPE>
              <TYPE>
              </TYPE>
</ROOT>

note the parameter to selectnodes and the documentelement property
also remember that all the xml tags are case sensitive

Dim currentNodes As XmlNodeList = XmlDoc.DocumentElement.SelectNodes("/ROOT/TYPE")  '<--- Here I am trying to specify the node, which is simply <Type></Type>


if XML is like this
              <TYPE>
              </TYPE>
              <TYPE>
              </TYPE>

Dim currentNodes As XmlNodeList = XmlDoc.DocumentElement.SelectNodes("/TYPE")  '<--- Here I am trying to specify the node, which is simply <Type></Type>

Hope this Helps :)
Mohamed ZedanSenior IT Analyst
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this case you should write "/Hardware/Hardware/Type"

Dim currentNodes As XmlNodeList = XmlDoc.DocumentElement.SelectNodes("/Hardware/Hardware/Type")  '<--- Here I am trying to specify the node, which is simply <Type></Type>
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change

  Dim currentNodes As XmlNodeList = XmlDoc.SelectNodes("//Type/Type")

to

  Dim currentNodes As XmlNodeList = XmlDoc.SelectNodes("//Type")
Ravi SinghSenior Software Engineer

Commented:
I don't understand why your using SelectNodes if there will only ever be one Type node... just use SelectSingleNode and remove the for each loop:

        Dim XmlDoc As New XmlDocument
        XmlDoc.Load(SourceFileName) 'SourceFilename will be something like c:\uploads\anXMLfile.xml

        Dim typeNode As XmlNode = XmlDoc.SelectSingleNode("//Hardware/Hardware/Type")
        Dim currentArray As ArrayList = NodesToArrayList(currentNodes)

        If (Not typeNode Is Nothing) Then
            Select Case typeNode.InnerText
                Case "Hardware"
                    QHardware(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Hardware")
                Case "Checked"
                    QChecked(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Checked")
                Case "Unchecked"
                    QUnchecked(SourceFileName)
                    MessageBox.Show("Unchecked")
            End Select
        End If

Author

Commented:
Hi,

The format is as follows;

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
     </Hardware>
           <Hardware ISBN="1861005652" Title="Hardware list">
              <Type>Hardware</Type>
           </Hardware>
     </Hardware>




Author

Commented:
Thats what I thought I should use, however I am new to VB, still learning!

Just trying it now...

Author

Commented:
I get an error on the line;

   Dim currentArray As ArrayList = NodesToArrayList(currentNodes)

currentNodes is not declared?
Ravi SinghSenior Software Engineer

Commented:
I dont think you'll require that line now, you can comment it out or remove it... unless there was a specific purpose for the array list?

Author

Commented:
Here is what I have now however nothing is happening, the program simply continues to run.  I have added some bad code to get a nullreference exception before the if statement, so I know the program is getting to the part.

Private Sub OpenXML(ByVal SourceFileName As String) ' Open XML document and run query based on XML node <Type></Type>

        Dim XmlDoc As New XmlDocument
        XmlDoc.Load(SourceFileName) 'SourceFilename will be something like c:\uploads\anXMLfile.xml

        Dim typeNode As XmlNode = XmlDoc.SelectSingleNode("//Hardware/Hardware/Type")

        If (Not typeNode Is Nothing) Then
            Select Case typeNode.InnerText
                Case "Hardware"
                    MessageBox.Show("Hardware")
                Case "Checked"
                    MessageBox.Show("Checked")
                Case "Unchecked"
                    MessageBox.Show("Unchecked")
            End Select
        End If

    End Sub
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this

Dim typeNode As XmlNode = XmlDoc.SelectSingleNode("//Hardware/Hardware/Type")

should be either
Dim typeNode As XmlNode = XmlDoc.SelectSingleNode("//Type")

or
Dim typeNode As XmlNode = XmlDoc.SelectSingleNode("/Hardware/Hardware/Type")

Author

Commented:
Argh!!!.... still not doing anything with above suggestions....

Hm...

Author

Commented:
Ang on, think I might have spotted something.

Author

Commented:
Nope, still cannot work it out.

I have altered all three of my xmldocuments now so that the format is;

<Audit>
    <Type>Hardware</Type>
    <Motherboard>Gigabyte</Motherboard>
    <CPU>Intel</CPU>
</Audit>
Mohamed ZedanSenior IT Analyst
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use this

Dim typeNode As XmlNode = XmlDoc.DocumentElement.SelectSingleNode("/Audit/Type")

the xml node names are case sensitive ...
Mohamed ZedanSenior IT Analyst
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did you try what I told you ?
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did you try

Dim typeNode As XmlNode = XmlDoc.SelectSingleNode("//Type")

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Author

Commented:
Got it working now...


It was something totally daft, My filechecker looks through all folders for the oldest xml file, and then opens this.  The oldest file had old tags and therefore it would not run!

DOH!... Thanks very much for the help guys.
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