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Select Data From XML Using LINQ to XML

By Vijay Prativadi on October 15, 2012
Today, in this article let’s play around with one of the interesting and most useful concepts in LINQ to XML.
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Introduction

Today, in this article let's play around with one of the interesting and most useful concepts in LINQ to XML.

Question: What is select data from XML using LINQ to XML?

In simple terms "It provides flexibility to pull out the data from XML with the help of a LINQ query."

Step 1: Create a new "ASP.NET Web Application", as in:
 

Output1.jpg
 

Step 2: The complete code of Employee.xml looks like this:

 

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>

<Employees>

  <Employee>

    <FirstName>Vijay</FirstName>

    <Age>26</Age>

  </Employee>

  <Employee>

    <FirstName>Ram Reddy</FirstName>

    <Age>29</Age>

  </Employee>

</Employees>

 

Step 3: The complete code of webform1.aspx looks like this:

 

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="WebForm1.aspx.cs" Inherits="LINQtoXMLSelectApp.WebForm1" %>

 

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

<head id="Head1" runat="server">

    <title></title>

</head>

<body>

    <form id="form1" runat="server">

    <center>

        <div>

            <table>

                <tr>

                    <td colspan="2">

                        <asp:Label ID="Label1" runat="server" Text="Select Data using LINQ to XML" Font-Bold="true"

                            Font-Size="Large" Font-Names="Verdana" ForeColor="Maroon"></asp:Label>

                    </td>

                </tr>

                <tr>

                    <td colspan="2" align="center">

                        <asp:Button ID="Button1" runat="server" Text="Select Data" Font-Names="Verdana" Width="213px"

                            BackColor="Orange" Font-Bold="True" OnClick="Button1_Click" />

                    </td>

                </tr>

                <tr>

                    <td colspan="2" align="center">

                        <br />

                        <asp:GridView ID="GridView1" runat="server" BackColor="LightGoldenrodYellow" BorderColor="Tan"

                            BorderWidth="1px" CellPadding="2" EnableModelValidation="True" ForeColor="Black"

                            GridLines="None" AutoGenerateColumns="False">

                            <AlternatingRowStyle BackColor="PaleGoldenrod"></AlternatingRowStyle>

                            <FooterStyle BackColor="Tan"></FooterStyle>

                            <HeaderStyle BackColor="Tan" Font-Bold="True"></HeaderStyle>

                            <PagerStyle HorizontalAlign="Center" BackColor="PaleGoldenrod" ForeColor="DarkSlateBlue">

                            </PagerStyle>

                            <SelectedRowStyle BackColor="DarkSlateBlue" ForeColor="GhostWhite"></SelectedRowStyle>

                            <Columns>

                                <asp:BoundField DataField="FirstName" HeaderText="First Name" ReadOnly="true" />

                                <asp:BoundField DataField="Age" HeaderText="Age" ReadOnly="true" />

                            </Columns>

                        </asp:GridView>

                    </td>

                </tr>

            </table>

        </div>

    </center>

    </form>

</body>

</html>
 

Step 4: The complete code of webform1.aspx.cs looks like this:

 

using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Linq;

using System.Web;

using System.Web.UI;

using System.Web.UI.WebControls;

using System.Xml.Linq;

namespace LINQtoXMLSelectApp

{

    public partial class WebForm1 : System.Web.UI.Page

    {

        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)

        {

        }

        protected void Button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

        {

            XDocument document = XDocument.Load(@"c:\users\administrator\documents\visual studio 2010\Projects\LINQtoXMLSelectApp\LINQtoXMLSelectApp\Employee.xml");

            var query = from r in document.Descendants("Employee") select new

            {

                FirstName = r.Element("FirstName").Value, Age = r.Element("Age").Value };

            GridView1.DataSource = query;

            GridView1.DataBind();

        }

    }

}
 

Step 5: The output of the application looks like this:
 

select-data-using-linq-to-XML.jpg
 

 

Step 6: The data selected from XML looks like this:

data-using-linq-to-XML.jpg

I hope this article is useful for you.

Vijay Prativadi

Hey Everyone, It's Vijay. I am SDE mostly up on Microsoft Technologies. If you are thinking to know what I do mostly when at work. I get a chance to work upon few Microsoft technologies. All the way along my core tech... Read more

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