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XPathExpression.ReturnType Property

When overridden in a derived class, gets the result type of the XPath expression.

Namespace: System.Xml.XPath
Assembly: System.Xml (in system.xml.dll)

public abstract XPathResultType ReturnType { get; }
/** @property */
public abstract XPathResultType get_ReturnType ()

public abstract function get ReturnType () : XPathResultType

Not applicable.

Property Value

An XPathResultType value representing the result type of the XPath expression.

The following example shows how to use the XPath return type to determine how to process the XPath expression.

using System;
using System.Xml;
using System.Xml.XPath;

public class XPathExpressionExample
{
    public static void Main()
    {
        XPathDocument document = new XPathDocument("contosoBooks.xml");
        XPathNavigator navigator = document.CreateNavigator();

        XPathExpression expression1 = XPathExpression.Compile(".//bk:price/text()*10"); // Returns a number.
        XPathExpression expression2 = XPathExpression.Compile("bk:bookstore/bk:book/bk:price"); // Returns a nodeset.

        XmlNamespaceManager manager = new XmlNamespaceManager(navigator.NameTable);
        manager.AddNamespace("bk", "http://www.contoso.com/books");

        expression1.SetContext(manager);
        expression2.SetContext(manager);

        Evaluate(expression1, navigator);
        Evaluate(expression2, navigator);
    }

    public static void Evaluate(XPathExpression expression, XPathNavigator navigator)
    {
        switch (expression.ReturnType)
        {
            case XPathResultType.Number:
                Console.WriteLine(navigator.Evaluate(expression));
                break;

            case XPathResultType.NodeSet:
                XPathNodeIterator nodes = navigator.Select(expression);
                while (nodes.MoveNext())
                {
                    Console.WriteLine(nodes.Current.ToString());
                }
                break;

            case XPathResultType.Boolean:
                if ((bool)navigator.Evaluate(expression))
                    Console.WriteLine("True!");
                break;

            case XPathResultType.String:
                Console.WriteLine(navigator.Evaluate(expression));
                break;
        }
    }
}

    XPathDocument doc = new XPathDocument("books.xml");
    XPathNavigator nav = doc.CreateNavigator();

    XPathExpression expr1 = nav.Compile(".//price/text()*10");
    // Returns a number.
    XPathExpression expr2 = nav.Compile("bookstore/book/price");
    // Returns a nodeset.
    Evaluate(expr1, nav);
    Evaluate(expr2, nav);
} //main

public static void Evaluate(XPathExpression expr, XPathNavigator nav)
{
    switch (expr.get_ReturnType()) {
        case XPathResultType.Number:
            Console.WriteLine(nav.Evaluate(expr));
            break;

        case XPathResultType.NodeSet:
            XPathNodeIterator i = nav.Select(expr);
            while (i.MoveNext()) {
                Console.WriteLine(i.get_Current().ToString());
            }
            break;

        case XPathResultType.Boolean:
            if (System.Convert.ToBoolean(nav.Evaluate(expr))) {
                Console.WriteLine("True!");
            }
            break;

        case XPathResultType.String:
            Console.WriteLine(nav.Evaluate(expr));
            break;
    }
} //Evaluate 

The example takes the contosoBooks.xml file as input.

<bookstore xmlns="http://www.contoso.com/books">
    <book genre="autobiography" publicationdate="1981-03-22" ISBN="1-861003-11-0">
        <title>The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin</title>
        <author>
            <first-name>Benjamin</first-name>
            <last-name>Franklin</last-name>
        </author>
        <price>8.99</price>
    </book>
    <book genre="novel" publicationdate="1967-11-17" ISBN="0-201-63361-2">
        <title>The Confidence Man</title>
        <author>
            <first-name>Herman</first-name>
            <last-name>Melville</last-name>
        </author>
        <price>11.99</price>
    </book>
    <book genre="philosophy" publicationdate="1991-02-15" ISBN="1-861001-57-6">
        <title>The Gorgias</title>
        <author>
            <name>Plato</name>
        </author>
        <price>9.99</price>
    </book>
</bookstore>

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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