A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013

A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013
A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013 - Book by Saifullah Shafiq

Friday, June 6, 2008

InfoPath: Reading from a repeating table

I will start with the code first and then explain what's happening.
 XPathNavigator DOM = this.MainDataSource.CreateNavigator();
XPathNodeIterator nodes = DOM.Select("/my:myFields/my:RepeatingGroup", this.NamespaceManager);
              XPathNavigator nodesNavigator = nodes.Current;
              XPathNodeIterator nodesText = nodesNavigator.SelectDescendants(XPathNodeType.Element, false);
             string FirstName = "";
             string LastName = "";
              while (nodesText.MoveNext())
                  if (nodesText.Current.Name == "my:FirstName")
                         FirstName = nodesText.Current.Value.ToString();
                 if (nodesText.Current.Name == "my:LastName")
                       LastName= nodesText.Current.Value.ToString();
              nodesText = null;
              nodesNavigator = null;
              nodes = null;
             DOM = null;

It's a very commong scenario. Developers want to read from the repeating table programmatically. The above code just does that. You take the XPath for the repeating group and create a nodes iterator object. This will iterate through all the descendant nodes. If the node type (XPathNodeType) is "Element", the value will be read into a string variable. That's it. Use MoveNext() to move to the next node in the hierarchy. It's as simple as that!