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GetXMLNode ( XML ; XPath )

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Michael Wallace, Richard Carlton Consulting

Navigate XML tree and return results using XPath type functionality (Nonrecursive)

Sample Input:
XMLfield is set to:
GetXMLNode ( XMLfield ; "/class[1]/student[1]" ) & "¶" &
GetXMLNode ( XMLfield ; "/class[1]/student[2]" )
Sample Output:

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Navigate XML tree and return results using XPath type functionality.

Parameter Description
XML - vanilla xml imput without attributes
XPath - basic XPath like syntax consiting of a series of xml nodes formatted as follows:

Requires ExtractData ( XML ; Attribute ; Instance ) by Andy Knasinski of NRG Software which can be found at

Thanks to Andy for the great base function!

This function is not recursive. It simply creates multiple nested instances of ExtractData in a calculation string and then evaluates it to get the data.

XMLfield is set to:

GetXMLNode ( XMLfield ; "/class[1]/teacher[1]/name[1]" ) & "¶" &
GetXMLNode ( XMLfield ; "/class[1]/students[1]/student[2]/age[1]" ) & "¶" &
GetXMLNode ( XMLfield ; "/class[1]/students[1]/student[1]" )

Will produce the following:

Note: these functions are not guaranteed or supported by Please contact the individual developer with any questions or problems.

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Trailing section of example is incorrect, <class> should be </class>

Bruce Robertson, Redmond WA
February 16, 2009 1:49pm

Thanks Bruce, correction made.

Michael Wallace, Fairfield CA
February 26, 2009 12:14pm

No, it has not been corrected, in the Sample Input section here where you state "XMLfield is set to: … "

Bruce Robertson, Redmond WA
November 01, 2013 4:53pm

"Nonrecursive, this function simply creates multiple nested instances of GetXMLData in a calculation string and then evaluates it to get the data."

Don't you mean ExtractData instead of GetXMLData?

Simon Plint, Australia
October 26, 2014 10:47pm

Fixed the typo in the description. Thanks Simon.

Mike Wallace, Dallas Texas
April 27, 2015 9:47am

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