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 Value

Type: System.Xml.XPath.XPathResultType

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;
        }
    }
}

The example takes the contosoBooks.xml file as input.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<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>

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Silverlight
Available since 4.0
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