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Resources: LINQ to XML for SharePoint Lists Web Service

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I have been doing a lot of work with the SharePoint web services — specifically the lists.asmx web service used for working with lists in SharePoint.

Anyone who has dealt with this web service knows that SharePoint is happy to provide you with a lot of XML to parse. In an effort to make these easier, I began exploring the use of LINQ to XML since I’m not the biggest fan of writing my own XPath queries. In this quest, I came across two articles that were very useful and I hope you will find these useful as well.

Using LINQ to XML in combination with the Lists.asmx

This article describes how to use LINQ to XML in conjunction with the  GetListCollection() method of the lists.asmx web service. I made use of this in my client application to populate a combo-box.

SharePoint to Linq

Using this site, I was able to learn how to use LINQ to XML to build queries and anonymous types for data-binding list data to my client applications.

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Author: Chris Quick

I have been a developer of web based solutions since early 2001 delivering solutions to a wide array of organizations using ASP, ASP.NET and SharePoint. I was introduced to SharePoint in 2003 when the consulting firm I worked for at the time introduced it into the workplace. I began working with MOSS 2007 as soon as Microsoft released the RTM version in November 2006. The platform was implemented at the organization I worked for in 2007 and went live in March of that year. I was tasked with the administration and ongoing development of the platform. I currently work as a SharePoint Architect with Artis Consulting, developing solutions for a wide variety of business problems. The goal of this blog is to share my discoveries developing solutions with SharePoint. I welcome your comments and feedback to any post -- and I welcome suggestions for future topics.

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