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XmlDataSource.XPath Property

Specifies an XPath expression to be applied to the XML data contained by the Data property or by the XML file indicated by the DataFile property.

Namespace:  System.Web.UI.WebControls
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

'Declaration
Public Overridable Property XPath As String
<asp:XmlDataSource XPath="String" />

Property Value

Type: System.String
A string that represents an XPath expression that can be used to filter the data contained by the Data property or by the XML file indicated by the DataFile property. The default value is String.Empty.

ExceptionCondition
InvalidOperationException

The document is loading.

For more information on XPath data-binding expressions, see Binding a Tabular Control to the XmlDataSource Control.

TopicLocation
Walkthrough: Creating a Web Page to Display XML DataBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications in Visual Studio
Walkthrough: Displaying an XML Document in a Web Forms Page Using TransformationsBuilding ASP .NET Web Applications in Visual Studio

The following code example demonstrates how to use an XmlDataSource control with a templated Repeater control to display XML data that has been filtered using an XPath expression. In this example, XPath syntax is used to filter the XML data when the XPath property of the data source control is set, and also binds elements of the Repeater control template to the XML data.

<%@ Page Language="VB" %>
<!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 runat="server">
    <title>ASP.NET Example</title>
</head>
<body>

    <form id="form1" runat="server">
      <asp:XmlDataSource
        id="XmlSource"
        DataFile="bookstore.xml"
        runat="server"
        XPath="bookstore/genre[@name='fiction']"/>

      <asp:Repeater
        DataSourceID="XmlSource"
        runat="server">
          <ItemTemplate>
              <h1><%# XPath ("book/title") %></h1>
              <b>Price:</b>
              <%# XPath ("book/price") %>
          </ItemTemplate>
      </asp:Repeater>
    </form>

  </body>
</html>

The XML file in the code example has the following data:

<bookstore>
   <genre name="fiction">
     <book ISBN="0000000000">
       <title>Secrets of Silicon Valley</title>
       <price>12.95</price>
       <chapters>
         <chapter num="1" name="Introduction" />           
         <chapter num="2" name="Body" />          
         <chapter num="3" name="Conclusion" />
       </chapters>
     </book>
   </genre>
   <genre name="novel">
     <book genre="novel" ISBN="1111111111">
       <title>Straight Talk About Computers</title>
       <price>24.95</price>
       <chapters>
         <chapter num="1" name="Introduction" /> 
         <chapter num="2" name="Body" />
         <chapter num="3" name="Conclusion" />
       </chapters>
     </book>
   </genre>
</bookstore>

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

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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