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It's been a while since I reviewed a book on this blog. It's also been a while since I last read through a technical/software development book and wanted everyone know what I think about it. Last week I picked up a copy of LINQ in Action for my work and for three snowy morning I flipped pages.

When I first started reading about LINQ and playing with it I got a feeling LINQ is HUGE. That regular developer that doesn't have a lot of time to learn will need years to conquer the art of all that is LINQ.

But after reading LINQ in Action I realized this is not the case. The book systematically explains LINQ and since you probably already know something about LINQ fills the gaps. It's fast to red, has a nice flow. First it covers the basics, then explains about LINQ Objects, followed by LINQ to SQL and LINQ to XML and closes with a nice wrap-up. On books homepage you will find extra chapter dealing with LINQ to DataSet.

What I missed in the book is more about using LINQ in three-tiered designs. There are just a few statements about this in the book and few lines in sample code. What I would like to see is a chapter on how to use LINQ when there is WCF service in application design. I know it's a painful subject, but some guidelines would still be nice.

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Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 12:53 PM | Filed under: Developement Books |

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# re: [Book] LINQ in Action 3/24/2008 11:38 PM Fabrice
Thanks for the review!
Please note that the direct links to the PDFs don't work. Please visit http://www.manning.com/marguerie to download the bonus chapter about LINQ to DataSet and the free sample chapters.

# re: [Book] LINQ in Action 3/25/2008 12:32 AM Brian Finnerty
You might find this hands-on training from InnerWorkings useful - 6 hours of in-depth LINQ to XML and LINQ to SQL developer learning.

http://www.innerworkings.com/catalog?filter=linq

# re: [Book] LINQ in Action 3/25/2008 7:55 AM David
@Fabrice: Tnx for dropping by and pointing out broken links. I added a note there for less confusion.

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