Null Spark Null Spark - 9 months ago 135 Question

XML Reading Sub Not working

I am writing a Sub that reads an XML file from a given path, and then loads it into an array of objects. For some reason, the algorithm works fine for the name, but refuses to work with the cost and type tags. What is going on?

(UPDATE: refuses to work means it returns an empty string, or in the case of cost: 0)

Here is my code:

Public Sub New(ByVal Path As String)
Dim XML As New XmlTextReader(Path)
Dim Bool As Boolean = False
Dim Name As String = ""
Dim Cost As Double = 0
Dim Type As String = ""
While True
If Bool Then
Select Case XML.Name
Case Is = "name"
Name = XML.Value
Case Is = "cost"
Double.TryParse(XML.Value, Cost)
Case Is = "type"
Type = XML.Value
End Select
End If
If XML.Name = "card" Then
Bool = True
End If
If Not CheckNulls(Name, Cost, Type) Then //CheckNulls returns true if all arguments passed to it are either empty strings, or 0
Dim Card As New Card(Name, Cost, Type)
Cost = 0
Name = ""
Type = ""
Bool = False
End If
End While
Catch Ex As Exception
Exit Sub
End Try
Catch Ex As Exception
MsgBox("The System has encountered an error. Running the software anymore could cause a serious malfunction. Please exit now", MsgBoxStyle.OkOnly, "Error Message")
End Try
End Sub

Here is the XML file:

Mona Lisa

Polka Dots


Reading XML data the way you are doing is both clumsy as well as error-prone. It is much better to use XPath Expressions to extract the data of your interest from an XML file, which gets you the data in just one line of code.

You can learn more about XPath Expressions syntax here, to get yourself started:

To learn how to use Xpath expressions in VB.NET code, you may find a lot of interesting articles on the internet. One of them that explains it in an easy to understand language is here: