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Gets the text value from the element located by the given XPath.


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using System;
using System.Xml;

namespace RegExpressModel.Utility
  static class XmlUtility

    /// <summary>
    /// Gets the text value from the element located by the given XPath.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="sourceNode">The source element.</param>
    /// <param name="xPath">The XPath of the parent element.</param>
    /// <returns>The (first) string value if found. If the source element or XPath is invalid, null will
    /// be returned.</returns>
    internal static string GetTextValue(this XmlNode sourceNode, string xPath)
      if (sourceNode == null || String.IsNullOrEmpty(xPath))
        return null;

      XmlNode targetParent = sourceNode.SelectSingleNode(xPath);
      string value = "";

      if (targetParent != null)
        XmlNodeList children = targetParent.ChildNodes;

        foreach(XmlNode childNode in children)
          if (childNode is XmlText || childNode is XmlCDataSection)
            value = childNode.Value;

      return value;



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