Thursday, May 18, 2006

LINQ Into Microsoft's New Query Capabilities

At PDC 2005, Microsoft introduced brand new technology known as LINQ, which stands for "Language Integrated Query."

The feature set hiding behind this acronym is truly mind-boggling and worthy of a lot of attention. In short, LINQ introduces a query language similar to SQL Server's T-SQL, in C# and VB.NET. Imagine that you could issue something like a "select * from customers" statement within C# or VB.NET. This sounds somewhat intriguing, but it doesn't begin to communicate the power of LINQ. LINQ represents the ability to apply query-style syntax to objects rather than just data sources. This difference, as well as some of the implementation specifics, makes LINQ significantly more powerful than other query languages. Learn more...

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