Ready to take advantage of LINQ with C# 3.0? This guide has the detail you need to grasp Microsoft's new querying technology, and concise explanations to help you learn it quickly. And once you begin to apply LINQ, the book serves as an on-the-job reference when you need immediate reminders.
All the examples in the LINQ Pocket Reference are preloaded into LINQPad, the highly praised utility that lets you work with LINQ interactively. Created by the authors and free to download, LINQPad will not only help you learn LINQ, it will have you thinking in LINQ.
This reference explains:
LINQ's key concepts, such as deferred execution, iterator chaining, and type inference in lambda expressions
The differences between local and interpreted queries
C# 3.0's query syntax in detail-including multiple generators, joining, grouping, query continuations, and more
Query syntax versus lambda syntax, and mixed syntax queries
Composition and projection strategies for complex queries
All of LINQ's 40-plus query operators
How to write efficient LINQ to SQL queries
How to build expression trees from scratch
All of LINQ to XML's types and their advanced use
LINQ promises to be the locus of a thriving ecosystem for many years to come. This small book gives you a huge head start.
"The authors built a tool (LINQPad) that lets you experiment with LINQ interactively in a way that the designers of LINQ themselves don't support, and the tool has all kinds of wonderful features that LINQ, SQL and Regular Expression programmers alike will want to use regularly long after they've read the book."
-Chris Sells, Connected Systems Program Manager, Microsoft
Joseph Albahari is a core C# design architect at Egton Medical Information Systems, the largest primary healthcare software supplier in the UK. He has been developing large-scale enterprise applications on .NET and other platforms for more than 15 years, working in medical, telecommunication and education industries. Joseph specializes in writing custom components and controls, and has designed application component frameworks for three companies.
Ben Albahari is currently involved in the bioinformatics business. He was a Program Manager at Microsoft for 5 years, where he worked on several projects, including the .NET Compact Framework and ADO.NET.
He was the cofounder of Genamics, a provider of tools for C# and J++ programmers, as well as software for DNA and protein sequence analysis. He is a co-author of C# Essentials, the first C# book from O'Reilly, and of previous editions of C# in a Nutshell.
This is not a comprehensive training for LINQ. It is exactly what it claims to be: A pocket reference. While some of the content was over my head, that is my fault, and not the authors. The information is presented concisely and coherently, and simply collects all most valuable and most referred to information and presents it to those who just need a quick scan, not a complete training class. Good work.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend