XNode.NodesBeforeSelf Method

Returns a collection of the sibling nodes before this node, in document order.

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

public IEnumerable<XNode> NodesBeforeSelf()

Return Value

Type: System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable<XNode>
An IEnumerable<T> of XNode of the sibling nodes before this node, in document order.

This method only includes siblings in the returned collection. It does not include descendants.

This method uses deferred execution.

The following example creates an XML tree, and then queries the tree using this axis method.

XElement xmlTree = new XElement("Root",
    new XText("Text content."),
    new XElement("Child1", "child1 content"),
    new XElement("Child2", "child2 content"),
    new XText("More text content."),
    new XElement("child3", "child3 content")
);
XElement child = xmlTree.Element("Child2");
IEnumerable<XNode> nodes =
    from node in child.NodesBeforeSelf()
    select node;
foreach (XNode node in nodes)
    Console.WriteLine("Node type: {0}  {1}",
        node.NodeType,
        node.NodeType == XmlNodeType.Text ? (node as XText).Value : "");

This example produces the following output:

Node type: Text  Text content.
Node type: Element

.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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