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Joseph Albahari , Ben Albahari
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7 Mar 2008 0596519249 978-0596519247 1

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


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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (7 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596519249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596519247
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn and Implement LINQ for .NET Applications

About the Author

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.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 2008, not 2013 30 Sep 2013
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The product description for the Kindle edition says it is from April 2013. Yet reading through it, it seems to be the same text as that released in Feb 2008 in the paper edition. The text which related to C# 3 , when we are now on C# 5

I am sure it is as technically excellent as the reviews say and another good book by the Albaharis, but the text is now almost 6 year old. Some may tell me that LINQ has not changed in that time. I do not know if that is true. But understanding of how to use it and its most useful features certainly will have.

I would not have bought it if I had known and returned it through Kindle as soon as I understood how dated it was. I await the updated book, in paper or preferably Kindle, which seems the ideal medium for such a reference.
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now that you are a linq user that is a handy quick ref guide to get into the solution you need. Its Lambda expressions are good if you are also a user of NHibernate. This book will be of immediate use to people using LINQ SQL where the sql goes back to a traditional architecture; that is doing what you have always done but the LINQ way, thats upto page 50. From page 113 onwards this is all that you can do with XML and X-DOM. Linq makes RSS feeds a dream. The examples are in C# with pictures to show you want is happening.
This is not a theory book, but quick ref for any 3.5 C# developer.

I got one for each of my developers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, keep it on my desk! 5 Mar 2013
By Kamran
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This book is excellent, it is quick and to the point. The diagrams in it are good to present the material concisely.

Read it cover to cover once, now it's always on my desk for reference and use it whenever I'm doing something fruity with LINQ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More of Albahari good material 27 Jun 2011
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Albahari brothers know all about C#. I thought I knew everything about linq, but no. This book gave me a new perspective about the differences between comprehension and lambda syntax. Small and practical to carry, it was my best friend for a few days...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb reference for LINQ. 16 Jun 2009
By John Nunn VINE VOICE
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This book is just wat the title says, a refernce text. It provides all the detail you need to ensure you can get the most out of LINQ without having to remember all the syntax. The book covers all aspects of LINQ with c#, in a clear and consise manner. The exaple code provided in this book also mirror the examples provided in the chapters on LINQ in C#3.0 in a nutshell, which helps put the subject matterin context if you are learning LINQ; or need to brush up on your understanding.

This book like most of it's companions in the O'Reilly Pocket reference range, is a superb compact refernce for the developer. The size of this book (smaller than a DVD Case), makes it ideal to keep hand on your desk for quick and easy access. It should be part of every c# developers bookshelf.
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