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Pro LINQ: Language Integrated Query in VB 2008 [Paperback]

Joseph Rattz , Dennis Hayes

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Book Description

Aug. 10 2009 1430216441 978-1430216445 1

LINQ is the project name for a set of extensions to the .NET Framework that provide a generic approach to querying data from different data sources. LINQ will premier in Visual Studio 2008, and will become the next must–have skill for .NET developers. For more information about LINQ, you can check out www.linqdev.com.

Starting with code and ending with code and tailored for the VB language, Pro LINQ: Language Integrated Query in VB 2008 is a veritable treasury of LINQ examples that will save you hours, even days, of research time. Keeping you focused on the relevant LINQ principles, expert author Joseph Rattz, Jr., and VB specialist Dennis Hayes provide examples for complex models that you won’t find anywhere else.

In most books, you’ll find plenty of simple examples to demonstrate how to use a method, but authors rarely show how to use the more complex prototypes. Pro LINQ: Language Integrated Query in VB 2008 is different. Demonstrating the overwhelming majority of LINQ operators and protoypes, Joseph Rattz, Jr., and Dennis Hayes condense their extensive experience and expertise into a desk companion that is essential for any serious .NET professional.

Rather than obscure the relevant LINQ principles in code examples by focusing on a demonstration application you have no interest in writing, this book cuts right to the chase of each LINQ operator, method, or class. However, where complexity is necessary to truly demonstrate an issue, the examples are right there in the thick of it. For example, code samples demonstrating how to handle concurrency conflicts actually create concurrency conflicts so you can step through the code and see them unfold.

Most books tell you about the simple stuff, while few books warn you of the pitfalls. Where Pro LINQ: Language Integrated Query in VB 2008 returns your investment is in the hours, and sometimes days, spent by the authors determining why something may not work as expected. Sometimes this results in an innocent–looking paragraph that may take you a minute to read and understand, but took days to research and explain.

Face it, most technical books while informative, are dull. LINQ need not be dull. Written with a sense of humor, this book will attempt to entertain you on your journey through the wonderland of LINQ and VB 2008.

What you’ll learn

  • How to leverage all the new LINQ–relevant VB 2008 language features including extension methods, lambda expressions, anonymous data types, and partial methods
  • How to use LINQ to Objects to query in–memory data collections such as arrays, ArrayLists, and Lists to retrieve the data you want
  • Why some queries are deferred, how a deferred query can bite you, and how you can make deferred queries work for you
  • How to use LINQ to XML to revolutionize your creation, manipulation, and searching of XML data
  • How to query DataSets with LINQ to DataSet so you can coexist with legacy code and use LINQ to query databases other than SQL Server
  • How to query databases with LINQ to SQL, write your own entity classes, and understand how to handle concurrency conflicts

Who is this book for

This book is written for the proficient VB developer, but you do not need to be up on all the latest VB features to understand the material. When you finish this book, you will be up on all the latest VB features.

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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (Aug. 10 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430216441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430216445
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #443,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joseph C. Rattz, Jr., unknowingly began his career in software development in 1990 when a friend asked him for assistance writing an ANSI text editor named ANSI Master for the Commodore Amiga. A hangman game (the Gallows) soon followed. From these compiled BASIC programs, he moved on to programming in C for more speed and power. Joe then developed applications that were sold to JumpDisk, an Amiga disk magazine, as well as Amiga World magazine. Due to developing in a small town on a fairly isolated platform, Joe learned all the wrong ways to write code. It was while trying to upgrade his poorly written applications that he gained respect for the importance of easily maintainable code. It was love at first sight when Joe spotted a source-level debugger in use for the first time.

Two years later, Joe obtained his first software development opportunity at Policy Management Systems Corporation as an entryâ€"level programmer developing a client/server insurance application for OS/2 and Presentation Manager. Through the years, he added C++, Unix, Java, ASP, ASP.NET, C#, HTML, DHTML, and XML to his skill set, while developing applications for SCT, DocuCorp, IBM, and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, CheckFree, NCR, EDS, Delta Technology, Radiant Systems, and the Genuine Parts Company. Joe enjoys the creative aspects of user interface design, and he appreciates the discipline necessary for server-side development. But, given his druthers, his favorite development pastime is debugging code.

Joe can be found working for the Genuine Parts Company—the parent company of NAPA—in the Automotive Parts Group Information Systems department, where he works on his baby, the Storefront web site. This site for NAPA provides the stores a view into their accounts and data on a network of AS/400s.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expected the worst and found the best Sept. 9 2009
By D. White - Published on Amazon.com
I signed up for the alpha program at Apress for this book in February only to find out that they only had the shell that was worthless. In desperation for linq to be explained I bought the C# version which while ok left a lot of VB stuff to the imagination. After it came out I had to contact them to get the download for the release version as they didn't email it to me and it wasn't on their website.

So first, don't get pulled in to any alpha programs with Apress. They did finally send a link to me and I have been reading it repeatedly over the last week. The book refers to his blog which is a joke but I wasn't buying a blog.

Now to the book. It completely explains linq using vb using examples and that's what I wanted. The syntax for all the different query operators is hard to find and if shows them all. Overloads and all.

It covers all the flavors of linq and not like a red headed step child like the other linq books. So if you write in VB I think this is one of the few books you would really want to have. Organization is great, the examples are not so trivial as to be worthless or so complex as to be confusing. Explanations and suggestions for use are straightforward. My weakest area was linq to xml and that chapter personally helped me out the most.

My one suggestion to all authors is have more examples that all show complex objects that are more than doubles and strings. All you need to do is have two property objects so the syntax is plain on using the examples in more real world coding. This author uses a list of presidents for a lot of the examples. How much better would the examples have been with a name and their birthday as the example objects being queried.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Reference for learning LINQ for VB 2008 & VB 2010 BY FAR Jan. 8 2011
By Bryan Hoffpauir - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read a few other books on LINQ and they have for the most part been helpful, but most examples Iv'e found focus on C#. This reference is beyond comprehensive and covers a lot of great information with ALL examples in VB. It IS written for the 2008 version of Visual Studio, but I've found nothing so far in testing in the 2010 version that causes any of the examples to fail. YMMV, of course.

The thing that struck me most when I opened this book was that the very first page of text (technically page 3 in my paperback) was code. There are few programming tomes that literally start off and end with code, and this one was worth every penny!

This book is definitely a great reference manual for advanced VB programmers, but it should also serve as an excellent tutorial / self-learning resource for intermediate VB programmers looking to learn more about LINQ as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book poor support Aug. 21 2009
By W.E.B - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been waiting on this book ever since the C# version came out and I was not disappointed. Virtually every aspect of LINQ in VB is covered starting with the language additions in VB 2008 such as Expression trees, Lambda expressions, etc. Linq to objects, Linq to XML, Linq to SQL, and Linq to dataset are all covered. I like the code style as well. It's not a big case study or application but succinct snippets that illustrate the authors point. However, support for this book is poor in my opinion, hence the title of the review. If it exists, I am unable to find a source code download anywhere. APress offers a $10 EBook in the book but I have not been able to access this offer. The web site says it's not offered. Finally, the APress web site had this book listed as an Alpha book days after it was for sale on Amazon.

So the lack of support marred an otherwise good experience. But I could not be happier with the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helped me to get a handle on LINQ Dec 29 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It took me a little while to get used to the style of writing but once I got it I found this book to be concise and filled with useful information. I am completely self-taught and was having a tough time getting my brain wrapped around LINQ. I had to do a little outside research to catch up to the level of writing, but once I did, the book turned out to be exactly what I needed. The author seemed to have a good grasp on when to repeat code and when not to. Code wasn't used as filler but it was repeated when it really needed to be.

I would give this one a 4 out of 5.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical test: find docs on ToLookup() Oct. 13 2009
By Hugh D. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
I haven't bought the book, but I browsed it at the bookstore and was really impressed. I've tried to find a useful example of creating an ILookup using ToLookup() and this book is the only thing that comes close. It has four pages on this method, covering all the overloads. Go ahead, google for "VB.NET LINQ ToLookup". See if you come up with anything useful. By comparison, the Manning Press book on LINQ in C# has two one-line references in the book and no examples. The Microsoft code samples with the compilers have no examples. LINQPad has no ToLookup examples.

It's a very narrow comparison, but apt: this book covers all the LINQ topics and provides intelligent examples you can work with.

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