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Here is a handy method that accepts an XElement and an object. It loops through each attribute in the XML element and sets the matching property on the object:

        public static object SetProperties(object obj, XElement xelement)
            foreach (var attribute in xelement.Attributes()) //loop through attributes of element
                PropertyInfo propertyInfo = obj.GetType().GetProperty(attribute.Name.ToString()); //get property that matches attribute

                //make sure property exists
                if (propertyInfo != null)
                    if (propertyInfo.PropertyType == typeof(int) || propertyInfo.PropertyType == typeof(int?)) //int
                        propertyInfo.SetValue(obj, int.Parse(attribute.Value), null);
                    else if (propertyInfo.PropertyType == typeof(DateTime) || propertyInfo.PropertyType == typeof(DateTime?)) //datetime
                        propertyInfo.SetValue(obj, DateTime.Parse(attribute.Value), null);
                    else //string
                        propertyInfo.SetValue(obj, attribute.Value, null);

            return obj;
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 9:39 AM C# , XML , XElement | Back to top

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