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  • Series: Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596519249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596519247
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Learn and Implement LINQ for .NET Applications

About the Author

Joseph Albahari has published 7 books with O'Reilly, including C# 5.0 in a Nutshell, and is the inventor of LINQPad, the popular .NET utility. Joe speaks regularly at conferences and user groups and has been awarded a C# MVP five years running.

Ben Albahari, a former program manager at Microsoft, is the founder of TakeOnIt, a website for comparing the opinions of experts, leaders and organizations on controversial topics.

Customer Reviews

This book helped LINQ 'click' in my head.
Scott
It's a fantastic reference manual for anyone dealing with LINQ in any capacity.
Brian Peek
All in all, one of the better technical books I've read.
Jesse Liberty

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marshal on October 30, 2009
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So if you have already bought C#3.0 in a nutshell from the same author, you don't need this at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Peek on August 10, 2009
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When I'm writing LINQ code, I refer to this book about every 30 seconds. This book doesn't leave my desk. It's a fantastic reference manual for anyone dealing with LINQ in any capacity. I don't consider this book to be a step-by-step tutorial, but if you're familiar with LINQ, even just a little bit, this book will help you out. I often hit those "How do I do ________ with LINQ?", and this book always has the answer. I can't recommend it enough for any C# developer working with LINQ today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott on February 13, 2009
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This book helped LINQ 'click' in my head. Today, I use LINQ a lot-- it's a handy way to process a collection of items, inspect XML, or execute SQL. I use LINQ a lot for processing collections of items for various things, including databinding in WPF or ASP.NET. This book helps me remember little syntactic things here and there. When I first got the book, it was open constantly. Today-- it has taught me well enough that I always feel comfortable using LINQ expressions in my code.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dimitri Shvorob on February 24, 2011
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Marshal is right: comparing "LINQ Pocket Reference" and the LINQ-related chapters in "C# 3.0 in Nutshell", it's hard to tell the two texts apart. The Albaharis also discuss LINQ in "C# 3.0 Pocket Reference" but, at only 20-plus pages, that one is clearly not in the same league.

Money well spent. Not having a need for the XML-related content left me with a 100-page book instead of a 150-page one, but the 100 pages were, typically for "Pocket Reference" titles, direct, systematic and practical.

I had relied on "101 LINQ Samples" MSDN page (Google it) as the starting point for all LINQ-related investigations, and was glad to find "LINQ Pocket Reference" a superior replacement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Diaz Bravo on February 8, 2009
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"LinQ Pocket Reference" is fantastic for dev, so if you are a beginner in the 3.5 framework you will be able to do applications very quickly with this book and you will have deep learn about this aspect of the last framework for .NET languajes.
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By J. Speers on November 20, 2014
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I am miffed as to why this book is so highly rated. I have been referring to it for weeks now as I learn WPF and WCF with Entity Framework, and I have yet to find any value in it. I have extensive experience with SQL and write applications with complex relational databases and complex queries. I have scoured this book repeatedly looking for a practical and direct way to do LEFT OUTER JOINS. It just isn't there. I found a good solution via a Google search, and the construct simply is not shown in this book. The examples are ridiculously simple--one, two, maybe three tables max. Hard to figure out how to combine various pieces. The text is hard to understand and not broadly applicable for real-life application development. Discussion of approaches for achieving various kinds of SQL joins is unfathomable. Don't waste your money here!!!!!
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By B. Gregory on October 5, 2014
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First off, ONE of the major things Microsoft dropped the ball on was it's omission of LINQ in later version of .Net. That and now they're being a bit foolish by eliminating DirectX.

As a former government employee, where resources are surprisingly sparse (I am STILL owed a great deal of money by the same organization Snowden used to work for), finding a GREAT way to come up to speed with LINQ was imperative, and the documentation usually sucked or was few and far between.

O"Reilly is my ole faithful - providing GREAT resources at minimal costs, and they delivered magnificently with this book, by providing a wonderful resource with examples on how to use LINQ, as rapidly as possible.

HIGHLY suggested!
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