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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 |


# 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 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.

# 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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