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Create PowerShell 2-Dimensional Array From XML Configuration File

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How do I convert the child nodes for a specific computer in this configuration file to a 2-dimensional table?  Here is the XML:


        <computer id="livingroom02">
            <item type="folder">C:\Computer-livingroom02 SYS 033</item>
            <item type="folder">C:\Computer-livingroom02 SYS 033\Hardware\Network Adapters</item>
            <item type="folder">C:\Computer-livingroom02 SYS 033\Software</item>
            <item type="folder">C:\Program2\Powershell</item>
            <item type="folder">C:\Program2\Varga\Network Mapping</item>
            <item type="folder">D:\Programming Languages\PowerShell</item>
            <item type="textfile">PsProjects.xml</item>

        <computer id="work">
            <item type="folder">C:\Computer</item>
            <item type="folder">C:\AlansDownloads\Alan\_AlansBriefcase</item>
            <item type="folder">C:\Computer\Hardware\Network Adapters</item>
            <item type="folder">C:\Computer\Software</item>
            <item type="folder">C:\Program2\Varga\Network Mapping</item>
            <item type="folder">C:\Workshop\PowerShell-work</item>
            <item type="textfile">PsProjects.xml</item>


This code doesn't seem to allow accessing individual elements of a specific item:
ForEach ( $computer in $ProjectsConfigFile.SelectNodes( "//PsProjects/computers/computer" ) ) {
    $PsComputerName = $computer.Attributes['id'].Value
    If ( $PsComputerName -eq $ThisComputerId ) {
        $MatchingComputer = $computer

        [array]$ProjectItems = $MatchingComputer.item


The results I want are like this:

$Result = $ProjectItems | Out-GridView -Passthru -Title "Select an item and click OK or press <Enter>, or press <Esc> to quit"
$Selection = [array]::IndexOf( $ProjectItems, $Result )

$SelectedItemText = $ProjectItems[$Selection].'#text'
$SelectedItemType = $ProjectItems[$Selection].type


$SelectedItem = $ProjectItems[$Selection]
$SelectedItemText = $SelectedItem.'#text'
$SelectedItemType = $SelectedItem.type

I have a Switch statement further on that will do something different with $SelectedItemText, depending on whether $SelectedItemType is a folder or a textfile.

My problem is that $Result returns the type and text together.  Also, GridView lists the type column first and the #text column second.  What I want returned is the #text# for the row I select.
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