Filter XDocument more efficiently

I would like to filter with high performance XML elements from an XML document.

Take for instance this XML file with contacts:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="asistentes.xslt"?>
<contactlist evento="Cena Navidad 2010" empresa="company">
  <contact type="1" id="1">
  <contact type="1" id="2">
    <confirmado>Sin confirmar</confirmado>

My current code to filter from this XML document:

using System; 
using System.Xml.Linq; 

class Test 
   static void Main() 
      string xml = @" the xml above"; 
      XDocument doc = XDocument.Parse(xml); 

      foreach (XElement element in doc.Descendants("contact")) {
         var id = element.Attribute("id").Value;
         var valor = element.Descendants("confirmado").ToList()[0].Value;
         var email = element.Descendants("email").ToList()[0].Value;
         var name = element.Descendants("name").ToList()[0].Value;
         if (valor.ToString() == "SI") { }

What would be the best way to optimize this code to filter on <confirmado> element content?


var doc = XDocument.Parse(xml); 

var query = from contact in doc.Root.Elements("contact")
            let confirmado = (string)contact.Element("confirmado")
            where confirmado == "SI"
            select new
                Id    = (int)contact.Attribute("id"),
                Name  = (string)contact.Element("name"),
                Email = (string)contact.Element("email"),
                Valor = confirmado

foreach (var contact in query)

Points of interest:

  • doc.Root.Elements("contact") selects only the <contact> elements in the document root, instead of searching the whole document for <contact> elements.

  • The XElement.Element method returns the first child element with the given name. No need to convert the child elements to a list and take the first element.

  • The XElement and XAttribute classes provide a wide selection of convenient conversion operators.

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