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LINQ to XML to retrieve an element value by its attribute

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Using LINQ to XML to retrieve an element value by its attribute.

Introduction

This article tells us how to retrieve a value of an element depending on the attribute value.

The Scenario

I have a web site where I need to read some data as static but I want to be able to update it any time, so I decided to read it from an XML file and use LINQ to XML. After some time and a lot of searching here and there, I had a better understanding of the idea and so I decided to share it with every one.

Using the Code

We will make an XML file and a class to get the data from it:

  1. The XML file "Actions.xml":
  2. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    <Actions>
    <Action id="SignIn">1</Action>
    <Action id="SignOut">2</Action>
    <Action id="Open">3</Action>
    </Actions>
  3. The class "Actions.cs":
  4. We will make the class constructor the one which gets the data to our variables in the class.

    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Web;
    using System.Xml.Linq;
    
    public class Actions
    {
        int signIn, signOut, open;
        public int SignIn
        {
            get { return signIn; }
        }
    
        public Actions()
        {
            XElement xe = XElement.Load(@"C:\Users\ADELOooO\Documents\
            Visual Studio 10\WebSites\LinQReadXML\Actions.xml");
            var x = from a in xe.Elements("Action")
              Where a.Attribute("id").Value == "SignIn"
              select a.Value;
            signIn = int.Parse(x.First().ToString());
        }
    }

    We have used the signin variable as an example above, but you can use it with them all.

  5. The code behind the webpage to call the method is shown here:
  6. using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Web;
    using System.Web.UI;
    using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
    
    public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page 
    {
        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
        }
    
        protected void Button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            Actions a = new Actions();
            TextBox1.Text = a.SignIn.ToString();
        }
    }

Points of Interest

I used VSTS 10 beta to create this project. I hope that you find it helpful.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmemberheracles maroudas7-Jul-11 23:58 
Generalhave a nested element f, seems Im wiriting the xmlDocument.Elements("StreetName") incorrect cant get a result Pinmember69stephen29-Aug-10 4:13 

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