Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Parse XML file with Linq, part 1: Simple case

Let's read plugin information from the following XML file:

    <UserSetting Name="UsePlugins" Value="True" />
    <Plugin Name="BackgroundWorker" />
    <Plugin Name="UserInteraction" />
Plugin information is read into list of the following class:

public class Plugin
    public String Name { get; set; }
And the required code is:

namespace LinqTest
    using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Linq;
    using System.Xml.Linq;

    static public class ParseXml
        static public List<Plugin> Example1(String fileName)
            XDocument document = XDocument.Load(fileName);
            List<Plugin> plugins = new List<Plugin>(from plugin in document.Descendants("Plugin")
                                                    select new Plugin
                                                        Name = (String)plugin.Attribute("Name")
            return plugins;

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