In the March 2008 installment of the Advanced Basics column in MSDN Magazine, Ken Getz shows you how to programmatically interact with the Office Open XML File Formats using Visual Studio 2008, LINQ to XML, and the Community Technology Preview (CTP) edition of the Microsoft SDK for Open XML Formats.

Don't forget to browse the sample code in our online code library.

Also in the March 2008 issue, in our Data Points column, John Papa performs practical queries and operations with LINQ, using both LINQ to Objects and LINQ to Entities. John demonstrates how LINQ's standard query operators are enhanced using lambda expressions and how they can let you parse specific information from a sequence and perform complex logic over a sequence.

Again, you can browse the sample code in our online code library.