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  • Blog Post: Advanced Basics: More On The LINQ Enumerable Class

    The System.Linq.Enumerable class plays an important role in every LINQ query you create, making it possible to use querying semantics with objects that wouldn't otherwise support querying methods. In the July 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Ken Getz took you on a quick tour through half of the methods...
  • Blog Post: Basic Instincts: Increase LINQ Query Performance

    LINQ is a powerful tool enabling quick filtering data based on a standard query language. It can tear through a structured set of data using a simple and straightforward syntax. In the August 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Jared Parsons demonstrates a technique to achieve maximum performance from LINQ...
  • Blog Post: ADO.NET Data Services Basics

    Separation of presentation and data is not a new idea, but with the growing popularity of technologies such as AJAX and Silver­light, it has become much more prevalent. ADO.NET Data Services Framework began as a way to help developers looking to expose and consume data via services from their applications...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Basics: The LINQ Enumerable Class

    The Enumerable class plays an important role in every LINQ query you create. Because the Enumerable class's extension methods can process many other classes—including Array and List—you can use methods of the Enumerable class not only to create LINQ queries, but also to manipulate the behavior of arrays...
  • Blog Post: A Survey of .NET Languages And Paradigms

    Hundreds of languages target Windows either directly through the Win32 API or through the CLR, and more are being built every day. While you've probably heard about many of these new languages and language paradigms, you may be wondering what it all means. In the May 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , Joel...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Labs: Testing with LINQ

    Today we are launching another new Virtual Labs. In the April 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , James McCaffrey showed you how to simplify SQL stored procedures test automation using LINQ using the LINQ to SQL provider. The article now features a link to our Virtual Lab where you can experiment with these...
  • Blog Post: Test Run: Testing SQL Stored Procedures Using LINQ

    The need to test a program that accesses and manipulates a back-end SQL Server database is very common. In many such cases, the application interacts with the back-end data through the use of SQL stored procedures. In the April 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine , James McCaffrey shows you how to simplify SQL...
  • Blog Post: LINQ coverage in March MSDN Magazine

    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...
  • Blog Post: Build Office-Based Solutions Using WPF, WCF, And LINQ

    With Visual Studio 2008, you can build a solution that incorporates the native capabilities of an Office client application combined with the sophisticated UI capabilities of Windows Presentation Foundation that's connected to remote data and services via Windows Communication Foundation and uses the...
  • Blog Post: Running Queries On Multi-Core Processors With PLINQ

    Multi-core processors are here. Responding to the increased availability of multi-processor platforms, Parallel Language Integrated Query (PLINQ) is a query execution engine that accepts any LINQ-to-Objects or LINQ-to-XML query and automatically utilizes multiple processors or cores for execution when...
  • Blog Post: Lambda expressions in Visual Basic 2008

    Lambda expressions are callable entities that are defined within a function. You can return a lambda expression from a function and you can pass lambda expressions to other functions. Support for lambda expressions as introduced in Visual Basic 2008, and in the September issue of MSDN Magazine, Timothy...
  • Blog Post: More LINQ coverage: a custom query provider

    In the August installment of the Basic Instincts column in MSDN Magazine , Scott Wisniewski provides background on some of the key concepts that drove the design of the Language Integrated Query (LINQ) features introduced in Visual Basic 9.0 . To provide an example of what you can achieve with LINQ,...
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