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I am using vb.net 2010 to get data from XML file, I was wondering if there is any way to find and print all available xpath of all nodes in the document. For example:
XML file is like :
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  1. <CATALOG>
  2.   <CD>
  3.     <TITLE>Empire Burlesque</TITLE>
  4.     <ARTIST>Bob Dylan</ARTIST>
  5.   </CD>
  6.   <CD>
  7.     <TITLE>Hide your heart</TITLE>
  8.     <ARTIST>Bonnie Tyler</ARTIST>
  9.   </CD>
The result should be something like :


I hope I'm clear enough..
May 26 '10 #1
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I was wondering if there is any way to find and print all available xpath of all nodes in the document.
there’s more than just those 4 XPaths. you can have relative XPaths, you can have XPaths with conditions, with selectors, etc. etc.

what you possibly mean is a document tree representation.
May 26 '10 #2
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In fact I need those 4 paths and of course if there is another node inside say TITLE I need a path to that node as well. All paths should start from the Root node CATALOG in this case. It might be worth mentioning that I will then feed those paths to a list to give the user an easy way to select the node or node-set to be modified.
Thanks :)
May 26 '10 #3
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I've done this with xslt before; it's possible to do it with other languages as well. It's recursion; Pseudocode:
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  1. Start at document level. 
  2. call f(rootnode, "")
  5. f(Node n, String s){
  6.   For each child node of n {
  7.     path = s + \ + node name
  8.     print path
  9.     child.f(n, path)
  10.   }
  11. }
May 27 '10 #4
9 New Member
Thanks I am working on something similar.. will post here if I get the same result with VB.net
Thanks again
May 27 '10 #5
9 New Member
I am working with this right now, This recursive sub can easily find path of all children but it will miss any sibling!

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  1. Public Class Form1
  2.     Public path As String
  4.     Private Sub cmdRun_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles cmdRun.Click
  5.         Dim xDoc As XmlDocument = New XmlDocument
  6.         xDoc.Load("C:\Temp\file.xml")
  7.         Dim node As XmlNode = xDoc.SelectSingleNode("/catalog")
  8.         path = node.Name
  9.         GetPath(node)
  10.     End Sub
  12.     Private Sub GetPath(ByVal node As XmlNode)
  13.         lst.Items.Add(path)
  15.         If node.HasChildNodes = True Then  ' <==> If Not node.NodeType = XmlNodeType.Text Then 
  16.             path = path & "/" & node.FirstChild.Name
  17.             node = node.FirstChild
  18.             GetPath(node)
  19.         End If
  20.     End Sub
  22. End Class
Hope someone can build on this and give some insights.
May 27 '10 #6
2,057 Recognized Expert Top Contributor
Lines 15 - 19.
You're only attacking the first child. You should be able to put just
if node.HasChildNo des
(remove the = true)

I'm not sure of the exact syntax in vb, but it goes something like:
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  1. dim children = node.ChildNodes
  2. For i = 0 To children.length
  3.   dim child = children[i]
  4.   path = path & "/" & child.Name 
  5.   GetPath(child) 
  6. Next i
May 28 '10 #7
9 New Member
Thanks.. i working on it :)
May 28 '10 #8
2,057 Recognized Expert Top Contributor
Note, edited the above code, accidentally put GetPath(node) when I meant
May 28 '10 #9
9 New Member
It is rather confusing right :)
Now at last I got it to work. Check this out:

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  1. Sub GetPaths(ByVal node As Xml.XmlNode, ByVal paths As List(Of String), Optional ByVal path As String = "")
  2.         path &= "/" & node.Name
  3.         If Not paths.Contains(path) Then
  4.             paths.Add(path)
  5.             lstPaths.Items.Add(path)
  6.         End If
  7.         For Each child As Xml.XmlNode In node.ChildNodes
  8.             If child.NodeType = Xml.XmlNodeType.Element Then
  9.                 GetPaths(child, paths, path)
  10.             End If
  11.         Next
  12.     End Sub

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  1. Dim xDoc As New XmlDocument
  2. Dim paths As New List(Of String)
  3. GetPaths(xDoc.DocumentElement, paths)
  4. lstPaths.SelectedIndex = 0

Problem solved ;)
May 28 '10 #10

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