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What's the best way to create new nodes on a treeview 2.0 and save them to
an xml file?


Aug 31 '06 #1
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Hello Victor,

As for the ASP.NET 2.0 TreeView control, its TreeNode collection is
generated through statically declaration in aspx template or databinding.
However, the databinding support only allow use to read from a given XML
file(XML datasource) and then populate the TreeView, there is no direct
interface to export the nodes reversely.

I'm thinking whether what you want to do is just save the current Nodes
(structure , collection) into a XML file so that we can load it from file
later and populate the TreeView control. Is the XML file's format
predesigned, or just any format as long as we can load it again later?
Here are my suggestion about such two cases:

1. If you just want to export the TreeNodes of a treeview control into a
certain XML file and can reload it again into Treeview, you can consider
using the XmlSerializer to serialize the TreeView.Nodes collection into a
xml file. Later, we can also use the XmlSerializer to reload the TreeNodes
from xml file and add it into TreeView e.g:

protected void btnExport_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
TreeNodeCollection nodes = TreeView1.Nodes;

XmlSerializer serializer = new

StreamWriter writer = new


protected void btnImport_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
XmlSerializer serializer = new

StreamReader reader = new
TreeNodeCollection nodes = serializer.Deserialize(reader) as



foreach (TreeNode node in nodes)


2. If the XML file's format is designed by you and need to meet certain
requirement, I'm afraid you have to create custom class which has methods
to do the following things:

** load XML file through System.Xml components and create TreeNode
collection from XmlDocument

** Create XML Document(meet our schema ) based on a give TreeNodeCollection
and save it into a file.
Please feel free to let me know if you have any other consideration or
ideas on this.


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