Many many LINQ Providers

When LINQ shipped, it included a provider model, to encourage people to make other systems and data stores accessible from the coolness-that-is-LINQ.  Back in February, Charlie Calvert published a  long list of LINQ providers.  In July, Robert Shelton later reblogged it.  Charlie also has a list of LINQ Links.  Nice to see.  By my count there are…

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LINQ and interop with other (non-Microsoft) databases

This topic came up on an internal mailing list at Microsoft. The question is, will LINQ be usable with databases other than Microsoft SQL Server?  Before we answer that, first of all let us understand, what is LINQ?  What is LINQ? LINQ is Microsoft’s Language Integrated Query.  It is a set of extensions to the .NET…

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LINQ versus DataSet ?

Today, someone asked on an internal mailing list, what does LINQ offer, than I cannot do with DataSet.Select()? Luca Bolognese, my compadre from the old country, provided a clear and insightful response.  Just for some background – LINQ is a codename for a set of extensions to the .NET Framework that encompass language-integrated query, set,…

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LINQ: the January CTP is out.

The January CTP for the next version of Visual Studio, code-named “Orcas” is now available.  By CTP, Microsoft implies a Community Technology Preview – it is essentially a lightweight beta ship vehicle for a future product. By shipping this preview, Microsoft is trying to solicit feedback on the feature set (“I really like having that new dial to…

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