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Extensions.Ancestors(Of T) Method (IEnumerable(Of T))

Returns a collection of elements that contains the ancestors of every node in the source collection.

Namespace:  System.Xml.Linq
Assembly:  System.Xml.Linq (in System.Xml.Linq.dll)

'Declaration
<ExtensionAttribute> _
Public Shared Function Ancestors(Of T As XNode) ( _
	source As IEnumerable(Of T) _
) As IEnumerable(Of XElement)

Type Parameters

T

The type of the objects in source, constrained to XNode.

Parameters

source
Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable(Of T)
An IEnumerable(Of T) of XNode that contains the source collection.

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable(Of XElement)
An IEnumerable(Of T) of XElement that contains the ancestors of every node in the source collection.

Usage Note

In Visual Basic and C#, you can call this method as an instance method on any object of type IEnumerable(Of T). When you use instance method syntax to call this method, omit the first parameter. For more information, see Extension Methods (Visual Basic) or Extension Methods (C# Programming Guide).

If multiple nodes in the source collection have the same ancestor, the ancestor will be included multiple times in the result collection. To avoid this, use the Distinct method.

This method uses deferred execution.

The following example retrieves a collection of the great grandchildren elements. It then uses this axis method to retrieve all ancestors of all elements in the collection.

Dim xmlTree As XElement = _
    <Root>
        <Child1>
            <GrandChild1>
                <GreatGrandChild1>content</GreatGrandChild1>
            </GrandChild1>
        </Child1>
        <Child2>
            <GrandChild2>
                <GreatGrandChild2>content</GreatGrandChild2>
            </GrandChild2>
        </Child2>
    </Root>

Dim greatGrandChildren = From el In xmlTree.Descendants _
                         Where el.Name.LocalName.StartsWith("Great") _
                         Select el

Console.WriteLine("Great Grand Children Elements")
Console.WriteLine("----")

For Each de As XElement In greatGrandChildren
    Console.WriteLine(de.Name)
Next

Dim allAncestors = From el In greatGrandChildren.Ancestors.Distinct _
                   Select el

Console.WriteLine("")
Console.WriteLine("Ancestors")
Console.WriteLine("----")

For Each de As XElement In allAncestors
    Console.WriteLine(de.Name)
Next

This example produces the following output:

Great Grand Children Elements
----
GreatGrandChild1
GreatGrandChild2

Ancestors
----
GrandChild1
Child1
Root
GrandChild2
Child2

The following is the same example, but in this case the XML is in a namespace. For more information, see Working with XML Namespaces.

Imports <xmlns="http://www.adventure-works.com">

Module Module1
    Sub Main()
        Dim xmlTree As XElement = _
            <Root>
                <Child1>
                    <GrandChild1>
                        <GreatGrandChild1>content</GreatGrandChild1>
                    </GrandChild1>
                </Child1>
                <Child2>
                    <GrandChild2>
                        <GreatGrandChild2>content</GreatGrandChild2>
                    </GrandChild2>
                </Child2>
            </Root>

        Dim greatGrandChildren = From el In xmlTree.Descendants _
                                 Where el.Name.LocalName.StartsWith("Great") _
                                 Select el

        Console.WriteLine("Great Grand Children Elements")
        Console.WriteLine("----")

        For Each de As XElement In greatGrandChildren
            Console.WriteLine(de.Name)
        Next

        Dim allAncestors = From el In greatGrandChildren.Ancestors.Distinct _
                           Select el

        Console.WriteLine("")
        Console.WriteLine("Ancestors")
        Console.WriteLine("----")

        For Each de As XElement In allAncestors
            Console.WriteLine(de.Name)
        Next
    End Sub
End Module

This example produces the following output:

Great Grand Children Elements
----
{http://www.adventure-works.com}GreatGrandChild1
{http://www.adventure-works.com}GreatGrandChild2

Ancestors
----
{http://www.adventure-works.com}GrandChild1
{http://www.adventure-works.com}Child1
{http://www.adventure-works.com}Root
{http://www.adventure-works.com}GrandChild2
{http://www.adventure-works.com}Child2

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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