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XElement.DescendantNodesAndSelf Method

Returns a collection of nodes that contain this element, and all descendant nodes of this element, in document order.

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

public IEnumerable<XNode> DescendantNodesAndSelf()

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<XNode>
An IEnumerable<T> of XNode that contain this element, and all descendant nodes of this element, in document order.

This method uses deferred execution.

The following example creates an XML tree, and then uses this axis method.

XElement xmlTree = new XElement("Root",
    // Attributes are not nodes, so will not be returned by DescendantNodesAndSelf.
    new XAttribute("Att1", "AttributeContent"),
    new XElement("Child",
        new XText("Some text"),
        new XElement("GrandChild", "element content")
    )
);
IEnumerable<XNode> dnas =
    from node in xmlTree.DescendantNodesAndSelf()
    select node;
foreach (XNode node in dnas)
{
    if (node is XElement)
        Console.WriteLine((node as XElement).Name);
    else
        Console.WriteLine(node);
}

This example produces the following output:

Root
Child
Some text
GrandChild
element content

.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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