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Do you see anything wrong in my code? I am trying to read xml file. It does not like my foreach.

public string Get_Config_valuex(string Key_NAME)
        {
            string result;
            XDocument xdoc = new XDocument();
            using (FileStream instream = new FileStream(@"E:\\xmlfile.config", FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read, FileShare.ReadWrite))
            {
                 using (StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(instream))
                {
                     xdoc = XDocument.Load(reader); 
                     var ArrResults = from c in xdoc.Descendants("ADD")
                     foreach (XElement Each_Results in ArrResults)
                     {
                      if (Each_Results.Attribute("key") == (Key_NAME.ToUpper))
                            result = Each_Results.Attribute("VALUE").Value;    
                              break;
                     }   
                }
                  
            }
        }

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Question by:VBdotnet2005
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by:Fernando Soto
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Hi VBdotnet2005;

First you are most likely getting an exception that states you must have a select or a group clause at the end. Please post the exact exception message and inner exception message that you are receiving. Please also describe what you want the end result to look like and it would help to see what the XML document looks like so please post.

Second you can load the XML document in a less verbose way for example:

XDocument xdoc = XDocument.Load("E:/xmlfile.config");
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by:jitendra patil
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hi you  can try the below links
How to read XML from a file by using Visual Basic .NET
HOW TO: Read XML Data into a DataSet by Using Visual Basic .NET
OR try the below code
Imports System.Xml
Imports System.Data
Public Class Form1
    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        Dim xmlFile As XmlReader
        xmlFile = XmlReader.Create("Product.xml", New XmlReaderSettings())
        Dim ds As New DataSet
        ds.ReadXml(xmlFile)
        Dim i As Integer
        For i = 0 To ds.Tables(0).Rows.Count - 1
            MsgBox(ds.Tables(0).Rows(i).Item(1))
        Next
    End Sub
End Class
hope this helps.
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by:Carl Tawn
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As Fernando alluded to, you appear to be missing the select clause in your Linq:
var ArrResults = from c in xdoc.Descendants("ADD")
                          select c;

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by:VBdotnet2005
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This is my xml format. I just want it to return value = "mystring"


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<configuration>
  <appsettings>
    <ADD key ="server1" VALUE="mystring" />
    <ADD key="server2" VALUE="mystring" />
      
      etc...
   
  </appsettings>
</configuration>
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Fernando Soto earned 500 total points
ID: 39860194
Hi VBdotnet2005;

Well then this should work for you.

// Load the xml document into a XDocument node from a file on the system
XDocument xdoc = XDocument.Load("C:/Working Directory/MyConfig.xml");
// Or if the XML is already in memory as a string you can load it this way 
// for example assuming the variable name is myXml
XDocument xdoc = XDocument.Parse(myXml);

// Query for the ADD nodes and return the VALUE attribute for each
var results = from a in xdoc.Descendants("ADD")
              select a.Attribute("VALUE").Value;
              
foreach (string val in results)
{
	  // Write out the value
    Console.WriteLine(val);
}              
    

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by:VBdotnet2005
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Thank you Fernando
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by:Fernando Soto
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Not a problem, glad to help.
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