AddBeforeSelf Method (Object[])
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XNode.AddBeforeSelf Method (Object[])

Adds the specified content immediately before this node.

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

public void AddBeforeSelf(
	params Object[] content


Type: System.Object[]
A parameter list of content objects.


The parent is null.

For details about the valid content that can be passed to this method, see Valid Content of XElement and XDocument Objects.

This method will raise the Changed and the Changing events.

The XContainer stores its child nodes as a singly-linked list of XNode objects. This means that the AddBeforeSelf method must traverse the list of direct child nodes under the parent container. Therefore, using this function might affect your performance.

The following example uses a LINQ query to create an IEnumerable<T> of XElement, which it then passes to this method. This adds the results of a query to the tree in the desired location.

XElement srcTree = new XElement("Root",
    new XElement("Element1", 1),
    new XElement("Element2", 2),
    new XElement("Element3", 3),
    new XElement("Element4", 4),
    new XElement("Element5", 5)
XElement xmlTree = new XElement("Root",
    new XElement("Child1", 1),
    new XElement("Child2", 2),
    new XElement("Child3", 3),
    new XElement("Child4", 4),
    new XElement("Child5", 5)
XElement child1 = xmlTree.Element("Child1");
    from el in srcTree.Elements()
    where (int)el > 3
    select el

This example produces the following output:


.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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