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SiteMapProvider.GetParentNodeRelativeToCurrentNodeAndHintDownFromParent Method

Provides an optimized lookup method for site map providers when retrieving an ancestor node for the currently requested page and fetching the descendant nodes for the ancestor.

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

public virtual SiteMapNode GetParentNodeRelativeToCurrentNodeAndHintDownFromParent(
	int walkupLevels,
	int relativeDepthFromWalkup


Type: System.Int32

The number of ancestor node levels to traverse when retrieving the requested ancestor node.

Type: System.Int32

The number of descendant node levels to retrieve from the target ancestor node.

Return Value

Type: System.Web.SiteMapNode
A SiteMapNode that represents an ancestor SiteMapNode of the currently requested page; otherwise, null, if the current or ancestor SiteMapNode is not found or cannot be returned for the current user.


walkupLevels or relativeDepthFromWalkup is less than 0.

The default implementation of the SiteMapProvider class provides a non-optimized implementation of the GetParentNodeRelativeToCurrentNodeAndHintDownFromParent method, calling the GetCurrentNodeAndHintAncestorNodes and HintNeighborhoodNodes methods; however, site map providers can override the GetParentNodeRelativeToCurrentNodeAndHintDownFromParent method and provide an optimized implementation that uses custom caching mechanisms to return the ancestor node and perform an optimized lookup of the other SiteMapNode objects.

The walkupLevels parameter is used to specify how many levels of parent and ancestor nodes to traverse when retrieving the target node. If fewer levels exist than are requested, null is returned. The downLevel parameter is used to specify how many levels of descendant nodes from the target ancestor node to retrieve. If preferred, the ancestor and descendant nodes can be linked to the SiteMapNode that is returned by the GetParentNodeRelativeToCurrentNodeAndHintDownFromParent method, using the ParentNode and ChildNodes properties.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0