LINQ in Action is a fast paced, comprehensive tutorial for professional developers who want to use LINQ. This book explores what can be done with LINQ, shows you how it works in an application, and addresses the emerging best practices. It presents the general purpose query facilities offered by LINQ in the upcoming C# 3.0 and VB.NET 9.0 languages. A running example introduces basic LINQ concepts. You’ll then learn to query unstructured data using LINQ to XML and relational data with LINQ to SQL. Finally, you’ll see how to extend LINQ for custom applications. LINQ in Action will guide you along as you navigate this new world of lambda expressions, query operators, and expression trees. You’ll also explore the new features of C# 3.0, VB.NET 9.0. The book is very practical, anchoring each new idea with running code. You will discover all the basics needed to get a clear understanding of LINQ. Whether you want to use LINQ to query objects, XML documents, or relational databases, you will find all the information you need to get started.
Fabrice Marguerie is a software architect and developer based in Paris, France. Fabrice is a C# MVP and has been working with LINQ from the first prototypes.
Steve Eichert is a Senior Software Engineer for Algorithmics, Inc. based in Philadelphia, PA.
Jim Wooley has been working with .Net since PDC 2000 and has been actively evangelizing LINQ since its announcement in 2005. He leads the Atlanta VB Study Group and serves as INETA Membership Manager for the Georgia region.