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Introducing Microsoft LINQ Paperback – 16 May 2007

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press,U.S. (16 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735623910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735623910
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,051,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a title says 'Introducting ....'. This was my first book on LINQ and I read it twice. Although there is only 200 pages, it contains everything you need to know to start. Introduction, C# and VB features for LINQ, syntax, LINQ to ADO.NET, LINQ to XML and Entity Framework basics. For greater detail go for Programming Microsoft LINQ in Microsoft .NET Framework 4
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Decent, but not great 11 Jun 2007
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I learned a few things from the book, but overall it left me wanting more. The price matches a much bigger book, so I would've expected it to be full of good stuff, but in fact it was almost cursory on most topics. I realize it's an "Introducing" book, but for the price I would've wanted a somewhat deeper introduction.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A good book although a little light 15 Sep 2007
By William G. Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I feel a little bad rating this a 4 since it's a Beta book. It's really hard writing on betas b/c material changes so frequently.

I liked the book a lot and thought it covered the topics of LINQ and EF pretty well. I think though, it was a bit too heavy into language features of C# 3.0 and VB 9.0. Yes, it's necessary to cover many of these in the context of LINQ but I think proportion wise, it was a bit too much there and a little light in other areas (for instance, unless I totally missed it, i didn't see anything about parallell LINQ). The coverage of EF was good, but I would love to have seen about 50 more pages.

Although it's small the content is right to the point however. They do a good job of discussing LINQ and EF and even showing some more advanced areas and I will say that if you read this book and understand it, you can get just about anywhere you want to be with LINQ. You can read it quickly and be up and running very quickly and that's the strength.

In all honesty, I should probably have given it a 5. My personal opinion is that it's not quite a 5 but definitely higher than a 4. If it were 10.00 cheaper, I probably would have went for the 5 - but it's not a cheap book for the size of it.

The authors did a great job in many areas and considering it's a beta release, they did a superb job.
Bad - 1/3 of examples actually run 26 Feb 2011
By Brett M Morin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book should be titled how to get confused how Linq should work. Most of the examples in the book either are broke, missing NEEDED namespaces (the author almost always is missing key pieces of code to get examples to run) or more syntaxes to run and will drive you crazy. At the end of nearly all the examples the author should write: "This code will probably mess up go online to see what I was trying to explain."

The author will go from using specific examples from a database to theoretical ones in the very next example where you are supposed to guess what should be happening in your imagination. I would probably rate this as one of the worst books on getting started in anything. Generally when you are 'introducing' someone to something you write full syntax and include full namespaces for .NET. This one omits nearly everything so you are on your own when something breaks to figure it out.

If you want to learn Linq, this book will more than likely get you started with the right questions to ask. But is NOT a good book to give working viable code that (surprise, surprise) actually compiles. Some of the examples when they run don't even give you the detail but the meta data and the author does not realize, some fail, some are missing. There are barely any that run as stated in the entire book.
Don't bother 14 May 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is not very organized. Of course the book is on beta software. The authors promise to update the code samples to refelct the latest release of LINQ. This is not done. The samples do not work with over 800 errors. Joe Mayo is a much better author and by the way his code works out of the box.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
not for beginners 19 Jun 2008
By CP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I give this book two stars because it is not what I (a beginner) wanted to use. I cannot say how good a book it is for the audience it is written for.
This book is designed for experienced programmers who know C# code. It surveys the use of advanced programming techniques using LINQ.
The authors explain on page 51 "the ability to read C# code is also important for reading the rest of this book (because LINQ examples are written in C#) and for understanding differences between C# 3.0 and Visual Basic 9.0.
This is not a how to book with introductory examples. It is not for beginners.
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