Agility Pack for C# and HTML ( SelectSingleNode )

c# html html-agility-pack parsing

Question

I'm trying to parse this field, but can't get it to work. Current attempt:

var name = doc.DocumentNode.SelectSingleNode("//*[@id='my_name']").InnerHtml;


<h1 class="bla" id="my_name">namehere</h1>

Error: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Appreciate any help.

@John - I can assure that the HTML is correctly loaded. I am trying to read my facebook name for learning purposes. Here is a screenshot from the Firebug plugin. The version i am using is 1.4.0.

http://i54.tinypic.com/kn3wo.jpg

I guess the problem is that profile_name is a child node or something, that's why I'm not able to read it?

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1/26/2012 4:52:52 PM

Popular Answer

The reason your code doesn't work is because there is JavaScript on the page that is actually writing out the <h1 id='profile_name'> tag, so if you're requesting the page from a User Agent (or via AJAX) that doesn't execute JavaScript then you won't find the element.

I was able to get my own name using the following selector:

string name = 
    doc.DocumentNode.SelectSingleNode("//a[@id='navAccountName']").InnerText;
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9/29/2010 10:48:06 PM


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